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The Shawnee News-Star
  • Meth raid defendant sentenced in separate drug case; raid trial postponed

  • A Tecumseh man’s trial scheduled this week on nine counts relating to a massive methamphetamine raid in 2012 was postponed until January but he chose to plead guilty in a separate drug case involving trafficking and was sentenced to 20 years in prison.
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  • A Tecumseh man’s trial scheduled this week on nine counts relating to a massive methamphetamine raid in 2012 was postponed until January but he chose to plead guilty in a separate drug case involving trafficking and was sentenced to 20 years in prison.
    Steven Dale Faulkner, 54, had two pending cases in Pottawatomie County District Court and both were scheduled for trial this week.
    On the nine charges relating to the summer 2012 meth raid that resulted in more than 40 arrests, Faulkner’s case was continued until the January jury term because a witness in the case was unavailable to testify.
    But in another drug-related case from February 2012, Faulkner chose to plead guilty to charges of trafficking in illegal drugs and acquiring proceeds from drug activity. He was sentenced in each count to serve 20 years with the Department of Corrections, with the sentences running concurrently.
    In the February 2012 case, Faulker was arrested following a traffic stop by Pottawatomie County sheriff’s deputies on Moccasin Trail Road.
    Faulkner and a passenger allegedly had 26 grams of methamphetamine in the car and deputies seized nearly $14,000 as a result of that stop, reports show.
    That incident preceded a series of events that resulted in a four-month undercover investigation into methamphetamine trafficking in this area.
    That undercover case, which included numerous agencies, led to a daylong raid June 27, 2012, with more than 125 law enforcement officers serving simultaneous warrants around Shawnee as police confiscated more than $112,000 in cash, along with methamphetamine.
    The undercover drug investigation involved reports that at least six pounds of methamphetamine was being brought to the Shawnee and Tecumseh areas each week, according to police.
    In that raid, more than 40 people were arrested and Faulkner was among two high-profile targets from this area as prosecutors alleged they were taking $30,000 every other day to Oklahoma City to buy methamphetamine coming in from Mexico.
    Drug agents, who said the drugs in that ring were uncut and could be cut several more times, estimated each pound would have produced 2,700 doses of the drug.
    Faulker was charged in the meth raid with four counts of aggravated trafficking, conspiracy, unlawful use of a communication facility, acquiring or possession of drug proceeds, distribution of controlled dangerous substance, and unlawful use of surveillance equipment.
    Faulkner’s case for that matter will be on the Dec. 17 disposition docket in preparation for the January jury term.
    Faulkner, who has been jailed since his arrest in 2012, remains in the Pottawatomie County Public Safety Center.
    Watch for updates.
     

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