• Dennis McCaslin

Wister man enters guilty plea to firearms possession during drug trafficking

According to a press release from the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Muskogee Michael Talon Barnes, 27, of Wister entered a guilty plea to possession of a firearm in the use of a drug trafficking crime.

The crime is punishable by not less than five years and up life imprisonment, up to a $250,000 fine, or both.

The Indictment alleged that on or about the March 11 Barnes possessed a firearm, a Jennings Firearms Inc. Mo. J22, .22 caliber semi-auto pistol, in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime for which he may be prosecuted.

The charges arose from an investigation by the Sallisaw Police Department and the Drug Enforcement Administration.

U.S. Magistrate Judge Steven P. Shreder accepted the plea and ordered the completion of a presentence investigation report.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Kristin Harrington represented the United States.