MUSKOGEE, OKLAHOMA – The United States Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Oklahoma announced that Wendell Ray Caudle, age 51, of Broken Bow, Oklahoma entered a guilty plea to Possession with Intent to Distribute Methamphetamine, in violation of Title 21, United States Code, Sections 841(a)(1) and 841(b)(1)(C). The maximum possible penalty for Possession with Intent to Distribute Methamphetamine is imprisonment for a period of not more than 20 years and/or a fine of $1,000,000.00, and a term of supervised release to be determined by the Court. The maximum possible penalty for Possession of a Firearm in Furtherance of a Drug Trafficking Crime is imprisonment for a period of not less than 5 years consecutive to the sentence in Count One, and/or a fine of $250,000.00.
The Indictment alleged that from on or about December 24, 2019, in the Eastern District of Oklahoma, the defendant, did knowingly and intentionally possess, with intent to distribute, a mixture or substance containing a detectable amount of methamphetamine, a Schedule II controlled substance. The Indictment further alleged that on or about December 24, 2019, in the Eastern District of Oklahoma, the defendant, did knowingly possess a firearm, to wit: one (1) Derringer, .32 caliber revolver, Model D-32, serial number 286056, in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime for which he may be prosecuted in a court of the United States, that is, Possession with Intent to Distribute Methamphetamine.
The charges arose from an investigation by the McCurtain County Sheriff’s Office and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.
The Honorable Kimberly E. West, U.S. Magistrate Judge in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Oklahoma, in Muskogee, accepted the plea and ordered the completion of a presentence investigation report.
Assistant United States Attorney Nalani Ching represented the United States at the change of plea hearing.