United States of America v. Kenneth James Thunderburk
Case Number: 4:19-cr-00031-JED
Judge: John E. Dowdell
Court: United States District Court for the Northern District of Oklahoma (Tulsa County)
Plaintiff's Attorney: Scott M. Proctor, Dennis Allen Fries, Shannon Bears Cozzoni and Victor A S Regal
Defendant's Attorney: Scott Alan Graham and William Patrick Widell, Jr.
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Tulsa, OK - Bernice Man Sentenced for Dealing Methamphetamine
A Bernice man was sentenced for possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine.
Chief Judge John E. Dowdell sentenced Kenneth James Thunderburk, 38, to five years in federal prison. Thunderburk pleaded guilty to the charge in May 2019.
“Methamphetamine continues to be Oklahoma’s number one problem drug. Kenneth Thunderburk exacerbated that problem by dealing meth to addicts in our community. My concern is not only for the users who struggle daily with addiction, but also for their family and friends. Children who live in a household with a meth-addicted parent are often neglected and subjected to dangerous, unpredictable conditions,” said U.S. Attorney Shores. “Dealers like Kenneth Thunderburk must be put out of business and held accountable for the drug fueled misery they spread.”
Thunderburk was arrested in December 2018 after security at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Catoosa reported him as trespassing to authorities. He had been banned from the premises in 2017. When a Catoosa police officer located the defendant at a near-by smoke shop, he searched the defendant and discovered methamphetamine and a large amount of cash. The officer who conducted the search is cross-commissioned with the Cherokee Nation Marshal Service. After reviewing Hard Rock security footage, investigators concluded that Thunderburk’s behavior while in the casino and during questioning indicated that he was dealing the drug.
“This investigation is a great example of the excellent multi-jurisdictional relationships we have in northeastern Oklahoma,” U.S. Attorney Shores said. “Because of the cross commissions that were in place, local, tribal, and federal officers worked seamlessly together to investigate Kenneth Thunderburk. This is what collaborative policing looks like, and there isn’t any better example in the United States than Northern Oklahoma.”
The Catoosa Police Department, Cherokee Nation Marshal Service, Bureau of Indian Affairs, and Drug Enforcement Administration are the investigative agencies.
Outcome: 08/29/2019 44 NOTICE of Docket Entry Modification; Error: The time for the sentencing was incorrectly stated as 2:00 p.m.; Correction: Edited the entry to reflect the correct time of 2:30 p.m. (Re: 43 Order,,, Setting/Resetting Sentencing,, ) as to Kenneth James Thunderburk (lml, Dpty Clk) (Entered: 08/29/2019)
08/29/2019 45 ATTORNEY APPEARANCE by Victor A S Regal on behalf of USA [Note: Attorney Victor A S Regal added to party USA(pty:pla).] (Regal, Victor) (Entered: 08/29/2019)
08/29/2019 46 MINUTES of Proceedings - held before Chief Judge John E Dowdell: Sentencing held on 8/29/2019 , ruling on motion(s)/document(s): #23 moot, striking/terminating deadline(s)/hearing(s) as to Kenneth James Thunderburk (Re: 23 First MOTION in Limine ) (Court Reporter: Terri Beeler) (lml, Dpty Clk) (Entered: 08/29/2019)