Tahlequah Daily Press

March 14, 2013

Hulbert man gets 11 years on charge of drug-trafficking


TAHLEQUAH — A Hulbert man was sentenced to more than 11 years in federal prison Wednesday on charges that he participated in a large drug-trafficking ring.

Jimmy Ray Pettit, also known as “Black,” 53, was given 135 months in prison, to be followed by five years of supervised release on charges of conspiracy to distribute controlled substances and possession of controlled substances with the intent to distribute.

Pettit was also ordered to pay a money judgment of more than a quarter of a million dollars.

Pettit was indicted in June 2011, along with 11 co-defendants, and was found guilty by a federal grand jury in June 2012. According to U.S. Attorney Mark Green’s office, evidence presented at trial proved Pettit was part of the “Springwater” organization, and had conspired with co-defendants in distributing about 6 pounds of methamphetamine per month to customers in Indian Country.

The Drug Enforcement Agency and the Bureau of Indian Affairs were made aware of the organization by the Sallisaw Police Department and Adair County Sheriff’s Office. Green’s office said sophisticated law enforcement techniques were used, including court-authorized telephone wire taps, and the DEA and BIA made it a priority to investigate and dismantle the drug-trafficking organization.

The year-long investigation stretched from Adair County to other places in the Cherokee Nation, with the primary focus on Patrick Springwater, 27, of Stilwell.