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Felon in Possession of Firearm Convicted by Federal Jury

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

TULSA, Okla. – Following a two-day trial, a federal jury today convicted Mario Terrell McBee, 39, of Tulsa, for being a Felon in Possession of a Firearm and Ammunition.  

During the trial, the United States presented evidence that on April 23, 2021, McBee was taken to the hospital for a possible drug overdose by a family friend. McBee was unconscious by the time he reached Claremore Indian Hospital. Emergency room nurses removed McBee from the vehicle, placed him on a stretcher, and rushed him into the exam room. While nurses began lifesaving measures, a nurse noticed a firearm in McBee’s waistband. The nurses removed the firearms and administered several doses of Narcan to McBee and he regained consciousness.

The FBI and ATF took possession of the loaded 9mm firearm and discovered that McBee had previously been convicted of several felonies. State court records show that McBee’s previous felonies consist of drug-related offenses, assault and battery on a police officer, and eluding a police officer.

McBee is a member of the Chickasaw Nation and he will remain in custody until sentencing.   

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and FBI investigated the case. Assistant U.S. Attorneys Mandy M. Mackenzie and Thomas E. Buscemi prosecuted the case.

This case is part of Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN), a program bringing together all levels of law enforcement and the communities they serve to reduce violent crime and gun violence, and to make our neighborhoods safer for everyone. On May 26, 2021, the Department launched a violent crime reduction strategy strengthening PSN based on these core principles: fostering trust and legitimacy in our communities, supporting community-based organizations that help prevent violence from occurring in the first place, setting focused and strategic enforcement priorities, and measuring the results. For more information about PSN, please visit


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Updated May 15, 2024

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