TULSA, OKLAHOMA- 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, announced U.S. Attorney Trent Shores.
U.S. District Judge Claire V. Eagan sentenced Sean Wasson, 27, 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.
“Sean Wasson is on his way to federal prison for the next seven years because of the kilos of heroin he distributed in our community,” said U.S. Attorney Trent Shores. “As a local redistributor for a heroin trafficking operation with ties to Mexico’s New Generation Cartel, Wasson posed a real threat to our community. In this case, our Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force has secured an important conviction and sentence.”
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 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. 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.