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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Eastern District of Oklahoma

Thursday, June 19, 2014

El Paso TX Man Arraigned For Cocaine Distribution

“The following named individuals have been charged with a federal crime or crimes by the return of an indictment by the Grand Jury. A grand jury Indictment does not constitute evidence of guilt. A grand jury Indictment is a method of bringing formal charges against the defendant. A defendant is presumed innocent of the charges and may not be found guilty unless evidence establishes guilt beyond a reasonable doubt. Statutory maximum punishments are in parentheses. United States Sentencing Guidelines may be considered, upon conviction, by the sentencing court. Federal prison sentences are non-parolable.”

Muskogee, Oklahoma - The United States Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Oklahoma, announced that ELADIO ARGUELLES, 26, of El Paso, Texas, was arraigned in federal court today on charges of POSSESSION WITH INTENT TO DISTRIBUTE 5 KILOGRAMS OR MORE OF COCAINE, in violation of Title 21, United States Code, Sections 841(a)(1) and 841(b)(1)(A).

The Indictment filed on June 11, 2014, alleges that beginning on or about April 5, 2014, within the Eastern District of Oklahoma and elsewhere, the defendant, did knowingly and intentionally possess with the intent to distribute five (5) kilograms or more of a mixture or substance containing a detectable amount of Cocaine, a Schedule II Controlled Substance.

The charge arose from an investigation by the Savanna Police Department and the Drug Enforcement Administration.

The Honorable Steven P. Shreder, Magistrate Judge in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Oklahoma, in Muskogee, presided over the hearings. The Defendant was remanded into the custody of the United States Marshal Service.

The statutory range of punishment for ARGUELLES is not less than 10 years imprisonment and/or up to $10,000,000.00 in fines.

Assistant United States Attorney Christopher Wilson represented the United States.

Updated March 12, 2015