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Porterville, California Woman Pleads Guilty To Cocaine 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 TINA MARIE ZAHR, age 48, of Porterville, California, pled guilty to POSSESSION WITH INTENT TO DISTRIBUTE COCAINE, in violation of Title 21, United States Code, Sections 841(a)(1) and 841(b)(1)(A), punishable by not less than 10 years imprisonment and up to life imprisonment, a fine up to $10,000,000.00 or both.

The Indictment alleged that on or about February 23, 2017, in the Eastern District of Oklahoma, the defendant did knowingly and intentionally possess with intent to distribute 5 kilograms or more of a mixture or substance containing a detectable amount of cocaine, a Schedule II controlled substance.

The charge arose from an investigation by the Oklahoma Highway Patrol and the Drug Enforcement Administration.

The Honorable Kimberly E. West, 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 a presentence investigation report. The defendant will remain in custody pending a sentencing hearing.

Assistant United States Attorney Timothy Hammer represented the United States.

Updated April 3, 2017

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