A Tulsa man pleaded guilty Wednesday in U.S. District Court for conspiring to distribute methamphetamine, announced U.S. Attorney Trent Shores.
Wesley Scott Stonebarger, 37, of Tulsa, pleaded guilty to drug conspiracy before Chief U.S. District Judge John E. Dowdell. Stonebarger admitted that from October 2019 to February 2020, he conspired to distribute 500 grams or more of methamphetamine to others who then redistributed the drug to third parties in the Northern District of Oklahoma.
“Methamphetamine and fentanyl are two of the most notorious killers of our time. They wreak havoc through addiction and death. This drug dealer had both at the time of his arrest,” said U.S. Attorney Trent Shores. “Sadly, methamphetamine remains the most widely abused illicit drug in Oklahoma, and we are seeing more and more fentanyl being trafficked into our communities. Thanks to the interdiction efforts of federal agents with Homeland Security Investigations, we were able to stop this dope from making it to the streets.”
“Homeland Security Investigations special agents will always partner with law enforcement agencies across Oklahoma and around the globe to arrest drug traffickers who pose a significant public safety risk to our communities. Anyone that distributes dangerous substances, such as methamphetamine, that destroys countless lives to make a profit has no place in our society, said Ryan L. Spradlin, special agent in charge, HSI Dallas. “Countering these type of threats is a top priority for HSI, and we are committed to holding those who take advantage of vulnerable consumers fully accountable.”
During a law enforcement operation, agents suspected that Stonebarger received methamphetamine and fentanyl from sources outside the Northern District of Oklahoma and that he received some deliveries through the U.S. Postal Service. Agents learned that Stonebarger was wanted on a series of warrants and arrested him on Dec. 19, 2019.
Chief Judge Dowdell set sentencing for Jan. 7, 2021.
U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations, the U.S. Marshals Service, U.S. Postal Inspection Service; Tulsa County Sheriff’s Office and Wagoner County Sheriff’s Office are the investigative agencies. Assistant U.S. Attorney Joel-lyn A. McCormick prosecuted the case. AUSA McCormick serves as the lead attorney for the United States Attorney’s Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Forces.
The initial indictment press release can be found here.