Muldrow Man Sentenced To 106 Months For Charges Relating To Firearm Possession In Furtherance Of Drug Trafficking
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, was sentenced to 46 months for FELON IN POSSESSION OF FIREARM, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Sections 922(g)(1) and 924(a)(2) 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).
SALDANA was sentenced to 60 months for POSSESSION OF FIREARM IN FURTHERANCE OF A DRUG TRAFFICKING CRIME, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 924(c)(1)(A). The sentences were ordered to run consecutive for a total of 106 months in the custody of the Bureau of Prisons. The Court also imposed a term of 3 years of supervised release.
The charges arose from an investigation by the Sallisaw Police Department and the Drug Enforcement Administration. The defendant was indicted in February, 2016 and pled guilty in March, 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 alleged that 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 Ronald A. White, District Judge in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Oklahoma, in Muskogee, presided over the hearing. The defendant will remain in the custody of the United States Marshals Service pending transportation to the designated federal facility at which he will serve his nonparoleable sentence.
Assistant United States Attorney Chris Wilson represented the United States.