For Immediate Release
Arizona Resident Sentenced for Fentanyl Distribution in Tulsa
Tulsa, Okla. – An Arizona resident was sentenced to 20 years and 8 months in prison for possession of fentanyl with intent to distribute; possession of firearms in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime; and for being a felon in possession of a firearm and ammunition, announced U.S. Attorney Clint Johnson.
U.S. District Judge Jack Zouhary sentenced Hatcher Raymond Day, 27, of Phoenix, Arizona to 188 months imprisonment for possession of fentanyl with intent to distribute and for being a felon in possession of a firearm and ammunition, and 60 months for possession of firearms in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime. Zouhary further ordered the sentences to run consecutively followed by 5 years of supervised release.
“Hatcher came to Tulsa from Arizona for the express purpose of flooding our area with fentanyl. We are committed to bringing down operations that peddle drugs and endanger our community,” said U.S. Attorney Clinton Johnson. “I want to thank the Tulsa Police Department and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives for working together to bring this case for prosecution.”
According to court documents, in September 2022, an officer with the Tulsa Police Department’s Human Trafficking and Vice Unit, received a tip that Day was selling fentanyl pills from a Tulsa Airbnb rental property.
Officers were able to establish Day was the individual who rented the property through Airbnb and Day was present when a search warrant was executed on Sept. 19, 2022. During the search, they discovered more than 8,000 fentanyl pills weighing 888 grams, five firearms, and numerous rounds of ammunition. Day was a convicted felon and, therefore, prohibited from possessing firearms. Officers further discovered four of the five firearms were stolen when they checked the National Crime Information Center (NCIC) database.
The Tulsa Police Department and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives investigated the case.
Assistant U.S. Attorney’s Nathan Michel and Kenneth Elmore prosecuted the case.