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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Monday, March 26, 2018

"Operation Juggernaut": Six Cherokee County Individuals Plead Guilty To Drug Or Firearm Charges

“OPERATION JUGGERNAUT” 

MUSKOGEE, OKLAHOMA – The United States Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Oklahoma, announced that: 

Dave Ellis Wilson, aka Jughead, age 44, of Tahlequah, Oklahoma pled guilty to Distribution Of Methamphetamine, in violation of Title 21, United States Code, Sections 841(a)(1) and 841(b)(1)(C), punishable by not more than potentially 30 years imprisonment, and up to a $2,000,000.00 fine or both.

Gary Edward Scott, age 39, of Tahlequah, Oklahoma pled guilty to Possession With Intent To Distribute Methamphetamine, in violation of Title 21, United States Code, Sections 841(a)(1) and 841(b)(1)(B), punishable by not less than 5, not more than 40 years imprisonment, not less than 4 years supervised release, and up to a $5,000,000.00 fine or both.

Mary Ann Scott, age 42, of Tahlequah, Oklahoma pled guilty to Possession Of Methamphetamine With Intent To Distribute, in violation of Title 21, United States Code, Sections 841(a)(1) and 841(b)(1)(B), punishable by not less than 5 years, not more than 40 years imprisonment, not less than 4 years supervised release, and up to a $5,000,000.00 fine or both; however, should the court determine she has a prior qualifying drug conviction, it is punishable by not less than 10 years, not more than life imprisonment, and up to a $8,000,000.00 fine or both.

Jason Fred Fortner, age 43, of Hulbert, Oklahoma pled guilty to Possession With Intent To Distribute Methamphetamine, in violation of Title 21, United States Code, Sections 841(a)(1) and 841(b)(1)(B), punishable by not less than 5, not more than 40 years imprisonment, not less than 4 years supervised release, and up to a $5,000,000.00 fine or both.

Anthony Lewayne Byfield, age 29, of Tahlequah, 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), punishable by not more than 10 years imprisonment, and up to a $250,000.00 fine or both.

Christopher Andrew Loveall, age 25, of Tahlequah, Oklahoma pled guilty to Illegal Receipt Of A Firearm By A Person Under Indictment Or Information, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Sections 922(n) and 924(a)(1)(D), punishable by not more than 60 months imprisonment, and up to a $250,000.00 fine or both.

The Indictment alleged that on or about November 7, 2017, within the Eastern District of Oklahoma, the defendant, DAVE ELLIS WILSON, did knowingly and intentionally distribute a mixture or substance containing a detectable amount of methamphetamine, a Schedule II controlled substance.

The Indictment alleged that on or about September 30, 2017, within the Eastern District of Oklahoma, the defendant, GARY EDWARD SCOTT, did knowingly and intentionally possess with intent to distribute 50 grams or more of a mixture or substance containing a detectable amount of methamphetamine, a Schedule II controlled substance.

The Indictment alleged that on or about January 31, 2017, within the Eastern District of Oklahoma, the defendant, MARY ANN SCOTT, did knowingly and intentionally possess with intent to distribute 50 grams or more of a mixture or substance containing a detectable amount of methamphetamine, a Schedule II controlled substance.

The Indictment alleged that on or about January 25, 2017, within the Eastern District of Oklahoma, the defendant, JASON FRED FORTNER, did knowingly and intentionally possess with intent to distribute, 50 grams or more of a mixture or substance containing a detectable amount of methamphetamine, a Schedule II controlled substance.

The Indictment alleged that on or about January 3, 2018, within the Eastern District of Oklahoma, the defendant, ANTHONY LEWAYNE BYFIELD, having been convicted of a crime punishable by imprisonment for a term exceeding one year, did knowingly possess in and affecting commerce, a firearm, to-wit: One (1) Mossberg, Model 500C, 20 gauge pump action shotgun, serial number J483782, which had been shipped and transported in interstate commerce.

The Indictment alleged that on or about December 9, 2017, within the Eastern District of Oklahoma, the defendant, CHRISTOPHER ANDREW LOVEALL, who was then under Indictment or Information for a crime punishable by imprisonment for a term exceeding one year, did willfully receive firearms to wit:   One (1) Ruger, Blackhawk, .45 caliber revolver, serial number 46-54431, which had been shipped and transported in interstate commerce.

The charges arose from a joint investigation entitled “Operation Juggernaut” coordinated as part of the Project Safe Neighborhoods effort in the Eastern District of Oklahoma to reduce gun and related drug crime. Project Safe Neighborhoods is an initiative led and coordinated by the Office of the United States Attorney. The agencies involved in the investigation were, the Tahlequah Police Department, the Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office, the Cherokee Nation Marshal Service, the District 27 District Attorney’s Office, the Oklahoma Highway Patrol, and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. 

The Honorable Steven P. Shreder, U.S. Magistrate Judge in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Oklahoma, in Muskogee, accepted the plea and ordered the completion of presentence investigation reports. 

Assistant United States Attorney Dean Burris represented the United States.

Topic(s): 
Drug Trafficking
Firearms Offenses
Project Safe Neighborhoods
Violent Crime
Updated March 27, 2018