An Okmulgee County jury took less than 30 minutes to find Wilbert Rivers guilty on drug charges Thursday.
Rivers was charged with two counts of distributing a controlled dangerous substance (CDS) within 2000 feet of a school, and one count of maintaining a vehicle for the selling or keeping of controlled dangerous substances.
He was arrested following undercover drug buys in October 2013.
Rivers was said to have sold crack cocaine in the parking lot of the Warehouse Market at Eighth and Muskogee in Okmulgee. That location was about 1,600 feet from the Stonebridge Academy according to District Attorney Rob Barris,
Investigators from the Okmulgee County District Attorney’s Drug Task Force were looking into drug activity by Rivers as well as 34 other individuals in the area.
Rivers has six prior felony convictions. Three of them were for CDS as well as second degree murder, assault and battery with a dangerous weapon and knowingly concealing stolen property.
Harris said Rivers was sentenced to 30 years for the two counts of CDS and 10 years for the vehicle charge.
“I am also very proud of the members of my Drug Task Force for the work they performed in this difficult prosecution. These are often very dangerous situations, but they never backed down and their efforts have paid off” said Barris.
Rivers still has three other pending cases involving drugs.