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Man pleads guilty to transporting meth and guns into Jones Riverside Airport
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Man pleads guilty to transporting meth and guns into Jones Riverside Airport

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A man caught transporting methamphetamines by plane into Jones Riverside Airport pleaded guilty in federal court Wednesday, acting U.S. Attorney Clint Johnson announced in a news release.

Badlands Justice McNally, 29, was charged in the federal Northern District of Oklahoma with possession of methamphetamine with intent to distribute and possession of a firearm during and in relation to a drug-trafficking crime, according to the news release.

McNally flew more than 100 pounds of meth into Tulsa on March 16, prosecutors said.

After being alerted to conduct a pilot certification inspection when McNally landed in Tulsa from Lake Havasu City, Arizona, federal agents asked whether he was transporting anything. McNally “refused to answer the questions, became increasingly agitated and avoided eye contact,” the U.S. Attorney’s Office said in the press release.

Investigators found two duffel bags containing meth in the plane, according to an affidavit.

They also found a Norinco 7.62x39 rifle with multiple loaded magazines, a .45-caliber Ruger pistol with two magazines, and a Glock pistol, the affidavit says.

Agents arrested McNally, who said in an interview after the arrest that he had made seven or eight similar trips, according to the affidavit. He reportedly told investigators he never looked in the bags because he didn’t want to know what was in them.

McNally said he was paid between $7,000 and $12,000 to make the flights, the affidavit says. He said he would fly money and guns from Tulsa to airports in California and then return with the duffel bags; he said he intentionally used different airports to avoid detection, according to the affidavit.

“Badlands McNally flew more than 100 pounds of methamphetamine into Tulsa and was apprehended thanks to the coordinated law enforcement work of U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Homeland Security Investigations, Tulsa County Sheriff’s Office and the Tulsa Police Department,” Johnson said.

“This arrest and conviction exemplifies why law enforcement partnerships are a force multiplier. Together this team continues to hold accountable those who transport and traffic illicit drugs into northeastern Oklahoma.”

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