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Police confiscate pound of meth, $421,000 in cash in Oklahoma City arrest

Elias Amado was arrested New Year's Day after police discovered a pound of meth and more than $421,000 in cash in his vehicle.
by Adam Kemp Modified: January 3, 2013 at 7:43 pm •  Published: January 4, 2013

Police say they recovered a “significant amount” of crystal meth and more than $421,000 in cash from a vehicle parked outside a ransacked home in south Oklahoma City. One man was arrested.

Officers responding to a disturbance call about 5:30 a.m. New Year's Day found Elias Amado, 33, carrying items out of the house to a Jeep Wrangler, according to the police report. Officers said it looked like the home had been burglarized.

Inside the Jeep, officers found a large amount of money in two sacks and five duct-taped packages consistent with illegal drug trade, according to the report. A test confirmed one of the packages contained 525.4 grams of crystal meth, police said.

Police Master Sgt. Gary Knight said meth usually is found in much smaller quantities.

“That's more than a pound of meth,” Knight said. “This is a very significant seizure.”

Police were called to the house at 1622 Linden St. by a neighbor who reported hearing someone breaking glass and yelling.

When officers arrived at the house, they found damage to the screen door and broken glass on the front porch, along with children's toys. They were concerned for the safety of anyone that might be inside because the house appeared to have been “ransacked violently,” according to the incident report.

Amado told police he had been living at the house for about a year with his wife and children, but that she had left and he didn't know how to reach her. Amado said he destroyed the house because he was upset about his wife leaving, according to the incident report.

He was held at the Oklahoma County jail with bail set at $40,000. has disabled the comments for this article.
by Adam Kemp
Enterprise Reporter
Adam Kemp is an enterprise reporter and videographer for the Oklahoman and Kemp grew up in Oklahoma City before attending Oklahoma State University. Kemp has interned for the Oklahoman, the Oklahoma Gazette and covered Oklahoma State...
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