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Panama Woman Sentenced To 168 Months For Methamphetamine 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 Deana Marie Oakes, age 35, of Panama, Oklahoma, was sentenced to 168 months imprisonment and 5 years supervised release for Possession With Intent To Distribute Methamphetamine, in violation of Title 21, United States Code, Sections 841(a)(1) and 841(b)(1)(A) and Title 18, United States Code, Section 2. The charge arose from an investigation by the Panama City Police Department and the Drug Enforcement Administration.

The Indictment alleged that on or about August 8, 2017, within the Eastern District of Oklahoma, the defendant knowingly and intentionally possessed with intent to distribute 500 grams or more of a mixture or substance containing a detectable amount of methamphetamine, a Schedule II controlled substance.

“Small towns and large cities all across the country experience the tragic consequences of methamphetamine addiction on people, families, and communities. Drug dealers profit from the tragedy while the rest of society pays the price,” United States Attorney Brian J. Kuester said. “This joint investigation has stopped a major drug “outlet” in rural communities in Eastern Oklahoma and has likely prevented the delivery of thousands of dosage units.”

The Honorable Ronald A. White, U.S. District Judge in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Oklahoma, in Muskogee, presided over the hearing. Assistant United States Attorney Dean Burris represented the United States. The defendant will remain in custody pending transportation to the designated federal facility at which the non-paroleable sentence will be served.

Updated September 19, 2018

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