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Mayes County Couple Arrested in a Joint Law Enforcement Operation for Conspiracy to Distribute Methamphetamine

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

United States Attorney Trent Shores announced the arrests of a Mayes County man and woman who were wanted in connection to a methamphetamine drug conspiracy. The two were taken into custody during a joint law enforcement operation early this morning at their residence in Chouteau.

Arrest warrants had been issued for Gary Scott Moreland, 54, and Rebecca Jane Nichols, 40, both of Chouteau, after a grand jury indicted the two for drug conspiracy this month.

Also named in the indictment were Wesley Joseph Griffin, 39, of Pryor, and Aaron John Culkins, 42, of Tulsa. The indictment alleged that the co-conspirators possessed with intent to distribute 500 grams or more of methamphetamine in the Northern District of Oklahoma from August 2017 to April 2019.

“Our partnerships extend to all areas of northeastern Oklahoma. I’m proud to work with Mayes County officials to bust this alleged methamphetamine distribution operation,” said U.S. Attorney Shores. “Methamphetamine overdoses are one of the leading causes of drug-related deaths in Oklahoma. And so drug dealers better believe that we are looking to dismantle their operations and hold them accountable.”

The Drug Enforcement Administration, Tulsa Police Department, Oklahoma Highway Patrol, Mayes County Sheriff’s Office and Pryor Police Department conducted the investigation and arrests. The Broken Arrow Police Department, Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics, Tulsa County Sheriff’s Office and Oklahoma National Guard Counter Drug Task Force also assisted in the investigation. Assistant U.S. Attorney Christopher J. Nassar is prosecuting the case.

An Indictment is a formal statement of charges or alleged violations of law. All defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.


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Updated April 24, 2019

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