Friday, May 31, 2013

Arrests Made in Drug Trafficking Investigation

OKLAHOMA CITY—James E. Finch, Special Agent in Charge of the Oklahoma City Division of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), and Bill Citty, Chief of the Oklahoma City Police Department, announce the arrest of four individuals involved in an illegal drug trafficking organization. Arrested today were Mark A. Prentice, age 37 of Moore, Oklahoma; Pedro Lee Luera, age 31 of Norman, Oklahoma; Ryan Battilsa Matlock, age 23 of Norman, Oklahoma; and Richard Garcia, age 36 of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.
A federal criminal complaint filed in U.S. District Court for the Western District of Oklahoma on May 15, 2013 charges those arrested with conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute not less than 50 grams of a mixture or substance containing a detectable amount of methamphetamine, a Schedule II controlled substance, in violation of Title 21 U.S. Code, Section 846. The complaint alleges the conspiracy took place from September 2012 through May 2013, and involved the distribution of methamphetamine in Oklahoma City and throughout the state of Oklahoma.
Today’s arrests are the result of investigation and cooperation by a number of law enforcement agencies. Investigation was conducted by the Oklahoma City Safe Streets Task Force (FBI, Oklahoma City Police Department, Midwest City Police Department), District III Drug Task Force, ATF, IRS, Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics, Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation, Moore Police Department, Norman Police Department, and the Oklahoma State Department of Corrections.
The public is reminded these charges are merely an accusation and the defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty.

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