Oklahoma City_John C. Richter, United States Attorney for the Western District of Oklahoma, announced that Monte Machante White, 37, of Lawton, Oklahoma, was sentenced on Monday by United States District Judge David L. Russell to serve 185 months in federal prison for possessing and intending to distribute 50 grams or more of cocaine base (crack) and possessing a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime.
On March 28, 2008, Lawton Police Officers executed a search warrant for drugs at 6018 Brookline Avenue in Lawton, Oklahoma where crack cocaine and various firearms were discovered. White was indicted in April of 2008 and pled guilty in August of 2008 to a Superseding Information. As part of his plea agreement, White agreed to forfeit $21,021 in cash, ammunition, and five firearms (including a sawed-off shotgun, two semi-automatic pistols, and two revolvers), and admitted that these items were proceeds of unlawful drug activity or were used or intended to be used to facilitate unlawful drug activity.
At the sentencing hearing today, Judge Russell took into consideration White's extensive criminal history when he ordered White to serve 185 months in federal prison to be followed by five years of supervised release upon release from prison.
The case is the result of an investigation conducted by the Lawton Police Department Special Operations Unit, United States Drug Enforcement Administration, and Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms & Explosives. This case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Chris Stephens and David P. Petermann.
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