ICE HSI Tulsa investigation results in 15-year sentence in methamphetamine case

April 24, 2020

MUSKOGEE, Okla. – A woman from Tennessee was sentenced to 15 years in federal prison Wednesday for possessing methamphetamine with the intention to distribute, following an investigation by special agents with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI).

The Sequoyah (Oklahoma) County Sheriff’s Office assisted in the investigation.

Takila Shauntel Carpenter, 34, of Murfreesboro, Tennessee, was also sentenced to five years of supervised release.

According to the indictment, on or about September 19, 2019, in the Eastern District of Oklahoma, the defendant knowingly and intentionally possessed with intent to distribute 500 grams or more of a mixture or substance containing a detectable amount of methamphetamine, a Schedule II controlled substance.

United States Attorney Brian J. Kuester said, “Each year methamphetamine cuts short the lives of hundreds of Oklahomans and thousands more across the nation. As the death toll continues to rise, drug cartels continue to flood our country with this poison. I commend the Sequoyah County Sheriff’s Office and HSI for this multi-jurisdictional investigation. Their investigation and the resulting prosecution prevented kilograms of methamphetamine from distribution into communities and has put an end to this defendant’s role in trafficking drugs.”

“Methamphetamine ravages and negatively impacts societies across this nation, and individuals involved in the trafficking of this dangerous drug are contributing to the demise of countless lives and devastation of our communities,” said Ryan L. Spradlin, special agent in charge of HSI Dallas. “Every time we put a meth pusher behind bars, we’re protecting our citizens and that’s a win for public safety.”

Assistant United States Attorney Dean Burris, United States District Court for the Eastern District of Oklahoma, in Muskogee, represented the United States at the sentencing hearing.