Man sentenced for drug conspiracy case

 

Date: June 29, 2021

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Acting U.S Attorney Clint Johnson announced that Devin Hartzell of Catoosa, was sentenced to 108 months after pleading guilty to drug conspiracy.

In his written plea, Hartzell stated that he conspired with others to possess with intent to distribute and to distribute heroin beginning in January 2018 and continuing until June 2019. During that time, he admitted to purchasing up to one kilogram of heroin multiple times a week from Jose Garcia and Edson Garcia-Velasquez. He would then redistribute the heroin to third parties who redistributed the drug to others.

Devin Hartzell was among 29 individuals indicted for drug conspiracy and other crimes in the 2019 Operation Smack Dragon, an Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force investigation.

The Court sentenced Hartzell to 108 months in federal custody and five years supervised release. Judge Claire V. Eagan presided over the case. Assistant U.S. Attorney Joel-lyn McCormick prosecuted this case. AUSA McCormick is the Lead Attorney for the Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force Unit for the Northern District of Oklahoma.

The Drug Enforcement Administration and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's Homeland Security Investigations led the investigation in partnership with the U.S. Department of Treasury, Internal Revenue Service- Criminal Investigation; the Oklahoma State Attorney General's Office; and Tulsa Police Department.