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Commerce Man Sentenced for Distributing Methamphetamine and Cocaine

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

A Commerce man was sentenced Tuesday in federal court for distribution of methamphetamine, possession of methamphetamine with intent to distribute, and possession of cocaine with intent to distribute, announced U.S. Attorney Trent Shores.

Chief U.S. District Judge John E. Dowdell sentenced Jorge Alberto Moreno, 39, to nine years in federal prison to be followed by four years of supervised release. Judge Dowdell noted that while committing these crimes Moreno possessed a firearm, which posed a further threat to the community.

“Moreno’s drug operation is closed for business thanks to the combined efforts of federal, state, and local law enforcement working together,” said U.S. Attorney Trent Shores. “With Moreno behind bars for the next nine years, families living in Commerce can feel safer. Dealers in both rural and urban areas of northeastern Oklahoma will be brought to justice for their crimes.”

On March 2, 2020, Moreno pleaded guilty to the charges and admitted that in March 2019, he distributed 25 grams of methamphetamine in exchange for $400. He further acknowledged that in September 2019 he possessed with the intent to distribute both methamphetamine and cocaine. During the investigation, law enforcement discovered methamphetamine, cocaine and $32,000 in cash hidden in a closet in Moreno’s home.

Moreno remains in the custody of the U.S. Marshals Service until transfer to a U.S. Bureau of Prisons facility.

This conviction was the part of the Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force’s Operation Hot Rails. The Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs, the Drug Enforcement Administration and the Commerce Police Department conducted the investigation. Assistant U.S. Attorney Thomas E. Duncombe prosecuted the case.


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Updated August 19, 2020

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