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2 Plead Guilty in Bristow Drug Operation

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Northern District of Oklahoma

TULSA, Okla. – Two defendants from Bristow have pleaded guilty in federal court to distribution of meth, announced U.S. Attorney Clint Johnson.  

Julio Barcenas Velazquez, 39, a Mexican National, and Stephanie Lynn Mudgett, 37, a Muskogee Nation citizen, both of Bristow have pleaded guilty to distribution of meth.

“These defendants ran their operation from the small town of Bristow, distributing poison to that community and ours, and thinking they could hide from the law,” said U.S. Attorney Clint Johnson. “I want to thank our local law enforcement partners for tracking these operations and bringing them for prosecution.”

The defendants, working together, sought to traffic large quantities of meth and fentanyl pills in Creek County, Oklahoma. In their plea agreements both defendants admitted to knowingly and intentionally distributing meth. In addition, Velazquez will forfeit his interest in a parcel of property as well as money relating to drug transactions.

Velazquez and Mudgett have yet to be scheduled for sentencing. At sentencing they both face a maximum penalty of 40 years in federal prison. A federal district court judge will determine any sentence after considering the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines and other statutory factors.

Both defendants have been and will remain in the custody of the U.S. Marshal Service pending sentencing.

The Muscogee Lighthorse Police, Creek County Sheriff’s Office, Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics, and Drug Enforcement Administration conducted the investigation.

Assistant U.S. Attorney George Jiang is prosecuting the case.

The prosecution is part of an Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Forces (OCDETF) investigation. OCDETF identifies, disrupts, and dismantles the highest-level drug traffickers, money launderers, gangs, and transnational criminal organizations that threaten the United States by using a prosecutor-led, intelligence-driven, multi-agency approach that leverages the strengths of federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies against criminal networks.

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Updated September 7, 2023

Topic
Drug Trafficking