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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Four Individuals Indicted In February 2018 Federal Grand Jury

Charges Include Drug Conspiracy And Counterfeiting

MUSKOGEE, OKLAHOMA – The United States Attorney’s Office announced today the results of the February 2018 Federal Grand Jury.

"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.  United States Sentencing Guidelines may be considered, upon conviction, by the sentencing court.  Federal prison sentences are non-parolable."


RICKY LEE BANKS JR, age 40, of Muskogee, Oklahoma

Counterfeiting An Obligation Of The United States (4 counts)

In or about November, 2017, to on or about January 16, 2018, in the Eastern District of Oklahoma, the Defendant, RICKY LEE BANKS JR., with intent to defraud, did counterfeit and falsely make an obligation of the United States, that is, falsely made and counterfeited Federal Reserve Notes, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Sections 471 and 2, punishable by not more than 20 years imprisonment, a fine up to $250,000.00 or both for each count.

The charges arose from an investigation by the Muskogee Police Department and the United States Secret Service.

Assistant United States Attorney John David Luton.  


CARLOS PERALTA, age 32, of Wagoner, Oklahoma

Possession With Intent To Distribute Methamphetamine

On or about June 22, 2017, within the Eastern District of Oklahoma, the Defendant, CARLOS PERALTA, did knowingly and intentionally possess with intent to distribute 500 grams or more of a mixture or substance containing a detectable amount of methamphetamine, a Schedule II controlled substance, in violation of Title 21, United States Code, Sections 841(a)(1) and 841(b)(1)(A), punishable by not less than 10 years imprisonment, a fine up to $10,000,000.00 or both.

The charges arose from an investigation by the Cherokee County Sherriff’s Office and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.

Assistant United States Attorney Chris Wilson


WAYLON LEE WILLIAMS, age 36, of Stilwell, Oklahoma
CHASSIDY DAWN BURKE, age 36, of Stilwell, Oklahoma

Drug Conspiracy (1 count each)

On a date unknown to the Grand Jury prior to July 26, 2017, and continuing until on or about January 29, 2018, within the Eastern District of Oklahoma and elsewhere, the defendants, WAYLON LEE WILLIAMS and CHASSIDY DAWN BURKE, did knowingly and intentionally combine, conspire, confederate and agree together, and with others known and unknown to the Grand Jury, to commit offenses against the United States in violation of Title 21, United States Code, Section 846, as follows: possession with intent to distribute and distribution of 500 grams or more of a mixture or substance containing a detectable amount of methamphetamine, a Schedule II controlled substance, in violation of Title 21, United States Code, Sections 841(a)(1) and 841(b)(1)(A); and possession with intent to distribute less than 50 kilograms of a mixture or substance containing a detectable amount of Marijuana, a Schedule I Controlled Substance, in violation of Title 21, United States Code, Sections 841(a)(1) and 841(b)(1)(D), punishable by not less than 10 years and not more than life imprisonment, a fine up to $10,000,000.00 or both.

The charges arose from an investigation by the Adair County Sheriff’s Office, the Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics, and the Drug Enforcement Administration.

Assistant United States Attorney Rob Wallace

Updated February 15, 2018