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2 Poteau residents, including former councilman, sentenced for drug crimes

Posted at 3:54 PM, May 15, 2019
and last updated 2019-05-15 16:59:15-04

MUSKOGEE, Okla. — Two Poteau residents were sentenced in federal court this week for drug conspiracy and methamphetamine distribution.

Former Poteau city councilor Joe David White, 58, and 27-year-old Laci Marie Fox (aka Laci Marie Noah) previously pleaded guilty to the crimes. White was sentenced on Wednesday to 151 months in prison and four years of supervised probation. Fox was sentenced to 70 months in prison and four years of supervised probation, the Department of Justice say.

White was arrested in California in January 2018, while he still was a Poteau city councilor. The arrest was the result of a year-long investigation that led to a federal indictment, officials said. Fox was indicted after White was arrested.

An indictment says from 2015-2017 the two conspired with each other to distribute 50 grams or more of meth.

“Methamphetamine dealers deliver tragedy to communities along with the poison they sell for profit,” U.S. Attorney Brian J. Kuester said. “The U.S. Attorney’s Office is proud to partner with state and local agencies, as we did here, to make a positive impact in Eastern Oklahoma by eliminating a distribution source.”

The investigation which lead to the indictment and sentencing was conducted by the Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics, District 16 District Attorney Narcotics Task Force, and Poteau Police Department.

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