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Muldrow Man Pleads Guilty To Firearm Possession In Furtherance Of Drug Trafficking

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 today that EDWARD ROBERT SALDANA II, age 30, of Muldrow, Oklahoma, pled guilty to FELON IN POSSESSION OF FIREARM, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Sections 922(g)(1) and 924(a)(2); POSSESSION OF FIREARM IN FURTHERANCE OF A DRUG TRAFFICKING CRIME, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 924(c)(1)(A) and POSSESSION WITH INTENT TO DISTRIBUTE METHAMPHETAMINE AND OXYCODONE, in violation of Title 21, United States Code, Sections 841(a)(1) and 841(b)(1)(C).

The charge arose from an investigation by the Sallisaw Police Department and the Drug Enforcement Administration.  The defendant was indicted in February, 2016.

The Indictment alleged that on or about December 10, 2015, within the Eastern District of Oklahoma, the defendant, knowingly and intentionally possessed with intent to distribute a mixture or substance containing a detectable amount of methamphetamine and a mixture or substance containing a detectable amount of oxycodone, Schedule II controlled substances.

It further alleges on the same date, the defendant, having been convicted of a crime punishable by imprisonment for a term exceeding one year, did knowingly possess in and affecting commerce, a firearm and did so in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime.

The Honorable Steven P. Shreder, Magistrate Judge in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Oklahoma, in Muskogee, accepted the guilty plea and ordered the completion of a presentence report.  Sentencing will be scheduled following its completion.  The defendant will remain in the custody of the United States Marshals Service pending sentencing.

The statutory range of punishment is not less than 5 years or more than Life imprisonment, up to a $1,500,000.00 fine or both.

Assistant United States Attorney Dean Burris represented the United States.

Updated March 29, 2016

Drug Trafficking
Violent Crime