Heroin redistributor sentenced to 87 months in federal prison


Date: January 4, 2021

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A man who acted as a redistributor in a heroin trafficking operation with ties to the New Generation Cartel was sentenced in federal court today.

U.S. District Judge Claire V. Eagan sentenced Sean Wasson to 87 months in federal prison followed by three years of supervised release. The Court further recommended to the U.S. Bureau of Prisons that Wasson take part in a residential drug abuse treatment program.

Wasson was convicted as a result of an Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force investigation titled Operation Smack Dragon. He was charged in a superseding indictment on Sept. 10, 2020, with possession of heroin with intent to distribute. As part of the drug trafficking operation, Wasson acted as a redistributor with his own customer base. For nearly two years he distributed between one and three kilograms of heroin into the Tulsa community.

Wasson was remanded to the custody of the U.S. Marshals Service until transfer to a U.S. Bureau of Prisons facility.

The investigation was conducted by the Internal Revenue Service- Criminal Investigation, Drug Enforcement Administration, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's Homeland Security Investigations, the Oklahoma State Attorney General's Office, and Tulsa Police Department.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Joel-lyn McCormick is prosecuting this case. AUSA McCormick is the Lead Attorney for the Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force Unit for the Northern District of Oklahoma.