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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, May 7, 2015

Muskogee Man Sentenced To 35 Months For Cocaine Distribution

MUSKOGEE, OKLAHOMA - The United States Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Oklahoma, announced today that RALPH TYRONE CARUTHERS, age 49, of Muskogee, Oklahoma, was sentenced to 35 months imprisonment, followed by 2 years of supervised release for Possession with Intent to Distribute Cocaine, in violation of Title 21, United States Code, Sections 841(a)(1) and 841(b)(1)(C).

Charges arose from an investigation by the Muskogee Police Department and the Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics.  The defendant was indicted in August, 2014 and pled guilty in January, 2015.

The Information alleged that on or about July 8, 2014, within the Eastern District of Oklahoma, the defendant, RALPH TYRONE CARUTHERS, did knowingly and intentionally possess with intent to distribute a mixture or substance containing a detectable amount of cocaine, a Schedule II Controlled Substance.

The Honorable James H. Payne, 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 Marshal Service pending transportation to the designated federal prison at which he will serve his nonparolable sentence.

Assistant United States Attorney Shannon Henson represented the United States.

Updated May 15, 2015