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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Friday, November 15, 2019

Four Individuals Indicted In November 2019 Federal Grand Jury

Charges Include Drug Conspiracy, Money Laundering, And Bank Robbery

MUSKOGEE, OKLAHOMA – The United States Attorney’s Office announced today the results of the November 2019 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.

 

TAKILA SHAUNTEL CARPENTER, age 34, of Murfreesboro, Tennessee

Possession With Intent To Distribute Methamphetamine

The Indictment alleges that on or about September 19, 2019, in the Eastern District of Oklahoma, the defendant, TAKILA SHAUNTEL CARPENTER, 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 and not more than life imprisonment, a fine up to $10,000,000.00, or both.

The charges arose from an investigation by the Sequoyah County Sheriff’s Office and Homeland Security Investigations.

Assistant United States Attorney Ryan Conway.  


CHARLES P. HENDRICKS, age 31, of McAlester, Oklahoma
a/k/a "TUFFY"

Drug Conspiracy
Money Laundering Conspiracy

The Indictment alleges that from in or about April, 2017, the exact date being unknown to the Grand Jury, and continuing until on or about June 26, 2019, within the Eastern District of Oklahoma and elsewhere, the Defendant, CHARLES P. HENDRICKS, a/k/a TUFFY, did knowingly and intentionally combine, conspire, confederate and agree 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 841(a)(1) & 841(b)(1)(A), as follows: 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 846, punishable by not less than 10 years and not more than life imprisonment, a fine up to $10,000,000.00, or both.

The Indictment further alleges that from in or about April, 2017, the exact date being unknown to the Grand Jury, and continuing until on or about June 26, 2019, within the Eastern District of Oklahoma and elsewhere, the defendant, CHARLES P. HENDRICKS, a/k/a TUFFY, did knowingly combine, conspire, confederate, and agree with others known and unknown to the Grand Jury, to commit offenses against the United States in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 1956, as follows: to knowingly conduct and attempt to conduct financial transactions affecting interstate and foreign commerce, that is, deposited large sums of United States Currency into the Oklahoma Department of Corrections Offender Account of CHARLES P. HENDRICKS, a/k/a TUFFY, which transactions involved the proceeds of a specified unlawful activity, to wit: the felonious receiving, concealment, buying, selling, or otherwise dealing in methamphetamine, knowing that the transactions were designed in whole or in part to conceal and disguise the nature, location, source, ownership, and control of the proceeds of specified unlawful activity, and that while conducting and attempting to conduct such financial transactions, knew that the property involved in the financial transactions represented the proceeds of some form of unlawful activity, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 1956(a)(1)(B)(i), all in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 1956(h), punishable by not more than 20 years imprisonment, a fine up to $500,000.00, or both.

The charges arose from an investigation by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.

Assistant United States Attorney Shannon Henson.  


ZACHARY GAGE PEBLEY, age 22, of Ardmore, Oklahoma

Bank Robbery
Use, Carry, And Brandish A Firearm During And In Relation To A Crime Of Violence

The Indictment alleges that on or about October 15, 2019, in the Eastern District of Oklahoma, the defendant, ZACHARY GAGE PEBLEY, by force, violence and intimidation did take from the person and presence of another, money belonging to and in the care, custody, control, management and possession of the Bank of the West of Ardmore, Oklahoma, the deposits of which were then insured by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, and in committing such offense, the defendant, ZACHARY GAGE PEBLEY, a/k/a ZACKARY GAGE PEBLEY, did assault and put in jeopardy the life of another person by the use of a dangerous weapon, that is a firearm, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Sections 2113(a) and 2113(d), punishable by not more than 25 years imprisonment, a fine up to $250,000.00, or both. 

The Indictment further alleges that on or about October 15, 2019, in the Eastern District of Oklahoma, the defendant, ZACHARY GAGE PEBLEY, did knowingly use, carry, and brandish a firearm, to wit, one (1) .380 CALIBER Jimenez Arms JA 380 semi-automatic pistol, serial number 065803, during and in relation to a crime of violence for which he may be prosecuted in a court of the United States, that is, Bank Robbery, as alleged in Count One in the Indictment, in violation of Title 18 United States Code, Section 924(c)(1)(A)(ii), punishable by not less than 7 years consecutive to any other sentence imposed, a fine up to $250,000.00, or both. 

The charges arose from an investigation by the Ardmore Police Department and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

Assistant United States Attorney Jarrod Leaman.  


BRIAN ALLEN HOUSTON, age 61, of Muskogee, Oklahoma

Felon In Possession Of Firearm And Ammunition

The Indictment alleges that on or about June 25, 2019, within the Eastern District of Oklahoma, the defendant, BRIAN ALLEN HOUSTON, having previously been convicted of a crime punishable by imprisonment for a term exceeding one year, and knowing of such conviction, did knowingly possess in and affecting commerce, a firearm and ammunition which had been shipped and transported in interstate commerce, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Sections 922(g)(1) and 924(a)(2), punishable by not more than 10 years imprisonment, a fine up to $250,000.00, or both.

The charges arose from an investigation by the Muskogee Police Department and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.

Assistant United States Attorney Ben Gifford.

Topic(s): 
Drug Trafficking
Financial Fraud
Firearms Offenses
Violent Crime
Updated November 21, 2019