Indictiment in Fake Drug Case
Little Rock, Ark. – Jane W. Duke, United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Arkansas;
James E. Finch, Special Agent in Charge, Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), Oklahoma City
Division; and Wayne D. Beaman, Special Agent in Charge, Department of Justice Office of the
Inspector General, Dallas Field Office, announced today the arrest of Brandon Jay McFadden, a
former special agent with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives ("ATF").
McFadden, age 33, of Lubbock, Texas, was indicted by a grand jury for the Northern District of
Oklahoma on April 7, 2010. The four-count indictment, which remained sealed until
McFadden's initial appearance today, charges McFadden with conspiracy to distribute
methamphetamine, cocaine, and marijuana; possessing methamphetamine with intent to
distribute; possessing a firearm during a drug trafficking offense; and money laundering.
According to the indictment, from July 2002 through approximately September 2009,
McFadden was employed as a special agent with the ATF and stationed at the ATF's Resident
Agency in Tulsa, Oklahoma. During that time, McFadden regularly investigated potential
firearms and drug trafficking offenses. The indictment alleges that beginning in January 2007,
and continuing through October 2008, McFadden conspired with other individuals to distribute
marijuana, powder cocaine, and methamphetamine in the Northern District of Oklahoma. As
part of that conspiracy, McFadden is alleged to have planted drug evidence on suspects; stolen
drugs and money from suspects; and testified falsely in court. The money laundering count
charges McFadden with using proceeds of the drug trafficking to purchase a Chevrolet Silverado
on June 8, 2007.
"When any law enforcement officer betrays the oath to protect; serve; and uphold the
law, he tarnishes the badge of all law enforcement, violates the trust of the people and therefore
should be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the very laws he has broken," said Finch.