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Tahlequah Man Sentenced to Six Years for Intent to Distribute Methamphetamine

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

United States Attorney Trent Shores announced that Jason Allen Lay, 43, of Tahlequah, Oklahoma, was sentenced on Monday to six years in prison for possessing with intent to distribute one pound of methamphetamine. 

Lay was arrested on September 18, 2017, in Mayes County after an officer with the Grand River Dam Authority observed a vehicle pulling a trailer with a flat tire creating a traffic hazard on Highway 412.  During the stop, the officer determined that Lay had outstanding arrest warrants and subsequently discovered the methamphetamine in the vehicle during a search. 

“Methamphetamine continues to be a destructive force in northeastern Oklahoma. It tears families apart and destroys lives. Drug dealers like Jason Allen Lay must be stopped,” said U.S. Attorney Trent Shores.   

Lay was sentenced in United States District Court by Chief United States District Judge Greggory K. Frizzell. He faced a maximum sentence of 40 years in prison and a $5 million dollar fine.

Multiple agencies were involved in the investigation, including the Drug Enforcement Administration, the Grand River Dam Authority, the Oklahoma Highway Patrol, and the Mayes County District Attorney’s Office. Assistant U.S. Attorney Joe Wilson prosecuted the case.


Lennea Montandon

Updated September 26, 2018

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