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Court: United States District Court for the Eastern District of Oklahoma (Muskogee County)
Plaintiff's Attorney: United States Attorney’s Office in Muskogee
Description: Muskogee, Oklahoma criminal defense lawyer represented Defendant charged with possession with internet to distribute meth.
On May 9, 2023, Charles Joseph Raz, age 42, of Dallas, Texas, pleaded guilty to Possession with the Intent to Distribute Methamphetamine.
During the plea hearing, Raz admitted that on November 27, 2021, he was stopped by a Latimer County Sheriff’s Deputy for speeding on State Highway 2. When the deputy initiated the stop, Raz turned off the highway, dropping a gun and methamphetamine out the vehicle. A search of the vehicle turned up baggies, digital scales, a fully loaded .45 magazine, and additional methamphetamine. A canvas of the nearby ditch revealed a loaded .45 semi-automatic pistol, and a baggie with over 1,500 grams of a substance containing methamphetamine.
“The 200-month sentence imposed by the Court demonstrates that trafficking in illegal drugs and possessing firearms will not be tolerated and will result in significant punishment,” said United States Attorney Christopher J. Wilson.
The Honorable Ronald A. White, Chief District Judge in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Oklahoma, presided over the hearings in Muskogee. Raz will remain in custody of the U.S. Marshal pending transportation to a designated United States Bureau of Prisons facility to serve a non-paroleable sentence of incarceration.
Assistant United States Attorney Jordan Howanitz represented the United States at sentencing.
Outcome: Defendant was sentenced to 200 months in prison.