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McAlester Man Pleads Guilty To Drug Distribution

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Eastern District of Oklahoma

MUSKOGEE, OKLAHOMA – The United States Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Oklahoma announced that ZACHERY SCOTT KERNS, age 29, of McAlester, Oklahoma, pled guilty to DISTRIBUTION OF FENTANYL, in violation of Title 21, United States Code, Sections 841(a)(1) and (b)(1)(C), punishable by not more than 20 years imprisonment, up to $1,000,000.00 fine or both.

The Information alleged that on or about December 4, 2014, in the Eastern District of Oklahoma, the defendant, ZACHERY SCOTT KERNS, did knowingly and intentionally distribute fentanyl, a Schedule II controlled substance.

The charges arose from an investigation by the Pittsburg County Sheriff’s Department and the Drug Enforcement Administration.

The Honorable Kimberly E. West, Magistrate Judge in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Oklahoma, in Muskogee, accepted the plea and ordered the completion of a presentence investigation report.  The defendant will remain in the custody of the United States Marshal Service pending sentencing.

Assistant United States Attorneys Shannon Henson and Timothy Hammer represented the United States.

Updated August 1, 2016

Drug Trafficking