Tahlequah Daily Press

October 12, 2012

Keys pleads to federal drug charges


From staff reports

TAHLEQUAH — A Tahlequah man accused of conspiring to distribute cocaine pleaded guilty Thursday in federal court.

John Mark Keys, 42, who is also known as Mark J. Keys and John Keys, was charged after an investigation by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives Violent Crimes Task Force, including the Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office, District 27 District Attorney’s Drug Task Force, and Tahlequah and Muskogee police departments.

Keys allegedly worked with others beginning in April 2010 and continuing until April 2012 to distribute 28 grams or more of a substance containing cocaine, also known as crack cocaine.

U.S. District Judge Kimberly E. West accepted Keys’ plea and ordered a pre-sentence report, with scheduling to follow its completion. Keys remains in the custody of the U.S. Marshal Service.

According to the U.S. Attorney’s Office, the statutory range of punishment is not less than five years or more than 40 years in prison.