Arizona Man, Anthony Ward Irving Pleads Guilty to Drug Conspiracy
(STL.News) An Arizona man pleaded guilty this morning to conspiring with others to possess with intent to distribute and to distribute heroin and 500 grams or more of methamphetamine, announced U.S. Attorney Trent Shores.
Anthony Ward Irving, 36, pleaded guilty this morning before U.S. District Judge Claire V. Eagan.
“Anthony Irving’s recipe for illegal profit was a combination of methamphetamine, cell phones, drug couriers, and electronic transfers. He lived in Arizona but facilitated meth trafficking in Northeastern Oklahoma,” said U.S. Attorney Trent Shores. “Thanks to a formidable partnership of state, local, and federal drug agents, Irving’s operation was disrupted and dismantled.”
In his plea agreement, Irving admitted that from January 2018 to February 2019, he knowingly conspired with codefendants, to distribute and to possess with intent to distribute 500 grams or more of methamphetamine. During the same time period, he knowingly conspired with the same people to distribute and to possess with intent to distribute heroin.
Irving admitted that his role in the conspiracy included acting as a broker for the transfer of drugs between bulk distributors in Arizona and associates in Northeast Oklahoma and elsewhere. Irving admitted that he and his codefendants agreed to distribute the drugs to make money for themselves. Although Irving lived in Arizona during the conspiracy, he acknowledged that some overt acts in furtherance of the conspiracy were performed in the Northern District of Oklahoma. Irving stated that he and his coconspirators coordinated drug deals from a distance through the use of cellular phones, drug couriers, and electronic transfers of cash.
The Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations, Tulsa County Sheriff’s Office, and the U.S. Customs and Border Protection conducted the investigation. Assistant U.S. Attorney Thomas E. Duncombe is prosecuting the case.