MuskogeePhoenix.com, Muskogee, OK

July 16, 2013

Guilty plea given in federal drug case


— A Muskogee man pleaded guilty in federal court Monday to a drug-related charge, according to a media release from the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

James Lewis Baccus, 29, pleaded guilty to possession of a controlled substance with intent to distribute.

Baccus was indicted in June.

The indictment alleged that from on or about Oct. 1 Baccus possessed with the intent to distribute a mixture or substance containing a detectable amount of methamphetamine.

Kimberly E. West, magistrate judge, accepted the guilty plea and ordered the completion of a presentence report. Sentencing will be scheduled following its completion. Baccus will remain in custody pending sentencing.

The statutory range of punishment is not more than 20 years imprisonment and/or up to a $1 million fine.