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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, August 4, 2016

Federal Grand Jury Criminal Indictments Announced

TULSA, Okla.— The results of the August 2016 Federal Grand Jury were announced today by Danny C. Williams Sr., United States Attorney for the Northern District of Oklahoma.

The following individuals have been charged with violations of United States law in indictments returned by the Grand Jury. The return of an indictment is a method of informing a defendant of alleged federal crimes which must be proven in a court of law beyond a reasonable doubt to overcome a defendant’s presumption of innocence.

Walter Brown Ewing. Possession of Methamphetamine with Intent to Distribute. Ewing, 39, of Tulsa, is charged with possession of methamphetamine with intent to distribute. If convicted, the statutory maximum penalty is 20 years in prison and a $1,000,000 fine. The Tulsa Police Department and the Tulsa County Sheriff’s Office are investigating the case.

Gilberto Montelongo Ramirez and Miriam Diaz Ramirez. Passport Fraud and Aggravated Identity Theft. Gilberto Ramirez, 47, and Miriam Ramirez, 42, both of Broken Arrow, are each charged with making a false statement in a passport application. In addition, Gilberto Ramirez is charged with aggravated identity theft. If convicted, each will face the statutory maximum penalty of 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine. Gilberto Ramirez will also face the statutory maximum penalty of two years in prison and a $250,000 fine for the aggravated identity theft charge. The United States Department of State Bureau of Diplomatic Security is the investigating agency.

William Sikes and Ernesto Garza Trevino. Drug Conspiracy, Possession with Intent to Distribute Methamphetamine, and Carrying a Firearm During and in Relation to Drug Trafficking Crimes. Sikes, 29, and Trevino, 54, both of Tulsa, are each charged with conspiring to possess with intent to distribute 500 grams or more of methamphetamine; possession of methamphetamine with intent to distribute; and carrying a Ruger .32 caliber pistol during and in relation to drug trafficking crimes. If convicted, the statutory minimum penalty is 10 years and up to life in prison and a $10,000,000 fine for the drug conspiracy and possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine charges; and a statutory minimum penalty of five years in prison and a $250,000 for the carrying a firearm during and in relation to drug trafficking crimes charge. In addition to the prison sentence, the defendants face a criminal forfeiture money judgment representing facilitating property and money the defendants used to purchase the methamphetamine and proceeds obtained as a result of the drug conspiracy. The Drug Enforcement Administration, the Tulsa Police Department, and the Oklahoma Highway Patrol are the investigating agencies.

Updated August 5, 2016