Second Poteau resident indicted on drug charges

Amanda Corbin
News Reporter

A second Poteau resident, 27-year-old Laci Marie Fox, aka Laci Marie Noah, has been indicted on drug conspiracy and distribution charges, the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Eastern District of Oklahoma reported Friday.

Poteau City Councilman David White, 57, alongside Fox, was indicted on one count of drug conspiracy and four counts of distribution of methamphetamine. Fox's charges mirror White's, except her distribution counts are three instead of four.

The pair are alleged to have possessed and distributed "50 grams or more" of methamphetamine starting back in 2015 and "knowingly and intentionally" distributing on various dates from Aug. 29, 2016, to Jan. 9, 2017.

The attorney's office said the conspiracy count is worth not less than five or more than 40 years in prison or a fine up to $5,000,000, or both, while the distribution charges are punishable by not more than 20 years imprisonment, a fine of $1,000,000 or both.

The investigation included the Poteau Police Department, District 16 Drug Task Force and Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics.

White's position on the Poteau City Council will be vacated after he missed the allotted amount of absences allowed in a four-month period. The council will either appoint a new council person or hold a special session to fill the seat.

An attorney's office release said White was to be arraigned Friday before a U.S. Magistrate Judge in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of California. He is currently in custody of the U.S. Marshals Service for the Eastern District of California and awaiting extradition back to Oklahoma.

The Honorable Kimberly E. West, U.S. Magistrate Judge in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Oklahoma in Muskogee, will preside over Fox's arraignment Jan. 22.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Christopher Wilson represents the U.S.