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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, July 7, 2016

Tahlequah And Checotah Men Plead Guilty To Drug Conspiracy

Distributed Methamphetamine For Indian Brotherhood (IBH) And Incarcerated Gang Member

MUSKOGEE, OKLAHOMA – The United States Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Oklahoma announced that FREDERIC PETERSEN BECK JR., age 54, of Tahlequah, Oklahoma, and BRYAN STEVEN LAFAVOR, age 34, of Checotah, Oklahoma, pled guilty to Drug Conspiracy, in violation of Title 21, United States Code, Sections 846, 841(a)(1) and 841(b)(1)(B).

The Informations allege that in the Eastern District of Oklahoma, the defendants did willfully and knowingly combine, conspire, confederate and agree with other persons, to possess with intent to distribute and to distribute 50 grams or more of a mixture or substance containing a detectable amount of Methamphetamine, a Schedule II Controlled Substance.

The Investigation revealed that Cody McClendon, an Indian Brotherhood (IBH) gang member, currently an inmate with the Oklahoma Department of Corrections in McAlester, Oklahoma was utilizing a contraband cellular phone that he kept hidden on his person and inside his prison cell to facilitate the sale and distribution of methamphetamine. McClendon was doing this by using the cellular phone to communicate with co-conspirators via audio phone calls, text messages, and by communicating on the social media website Facebook.  BECK and LAFAVOR were methamphetamine distributors for the organization.

The charges arose from a joint investigation by the Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics, the Tahlequah Police Department, the Muskogee Police Department, the Oklahoma Department of Corrections, the Bureau of Indian Affairs and the Drug Enforcement Administration.  The investigation was coordinated by the Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force (OCDETF) of the Eastern District of Oklahoma.  OCDETF is an initiative led, and coordinated by, the Office of the United States Attorney.

The Honorable Kimberly E. West, Magistrate Judge in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Oklahoma, in Muskogee, accepted the pleas and ordered the completion of presentence investigation reports.  The defendants will remain in the custody of the United States Marshals Service pending sentencing.

The statutory range of punishment is not less than 5 years and not more than 40 years imprisonment, up to a $5,000,000.00 fine or both.

Assistant United States Attorney Shannon Henson represented the United States.

Topic(s): 
Drug Trafficking
Violent Crime
Updated July 7, 2016