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Two Individuals Sentenced For Roles In Distributing Methamphetamine

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 Kevin Ruany Grijalva-Soto, age 29, and Leslie Azucena Rubio-Rodriguez, age 28, were sentenced to 135 months’ imprisonment and 3 years’ supervised release, and 58 months’ imprisonment and 3 years’ supervised release, respectively, for Possession With Intent To Distribute Methamphetamine. The charges arose from an investigation by the Oklahoma Highway Patrol (OHP) and the Drug Enforcement Administration.

The Indictment alleged that on or about September 18, 2018 the defendants 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. The investigation began when an Oklahoma Highway Patrol Trooper working in Sequoyah County stopped the vehicle occupied by the defendants. An OHP canine alerted, indicating the presence of controlled dangerous substances. The search that followed revealed approximately eleven pounds of methamphetamine. 

United States Attorney Brian J. Kuester said, “Tens of thousands of dosage units of methamphetamine – intended destination cities, towns, communities and homes - were stopped due to the diligent work of the Oklahoma Highway Patrol. Those in the business of distributing poison for profit, as these defendants, will continue to be aggressively pursued and the consequences as dictated by our laws will be imposed.”

The Honorable Ronald A. White, 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.

Updated August 13, 2019

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