CHICKASHA — Artemio Reyes-Pina lived the life of a farmer on a 15-acre spread near Blanchard, but investigators said they saw beyond the horses and chickens. They said they saw a major drug dealer. Reyes-Pina, 54, was arrested on his farm Feb. 17 by Grady County sheriff’s deputies and federal drug agents, who helped dismantle a drug-trafficking ring that yielded 18 arrests, $300,000 in cash and more than $100,000 worth of stolen property. "He told us he farmed, but he had a brand-new Jaguar and a BMW that were both paid for,” Grady County Sheriff Art Kell said. "His land was paid for, and his house was paid for, and he had lots of cash on hand. "I’m a farmer, too. But it took me 20 years of hard work just to build me a home.” Reyes-Pina has since been charged with six felony counts, including trafficking of illegal drugs and unlawful possession with intent to distribute. Reyes-Pina could face life in prison if convicted on either count. Grady County Assistant District Attorney Lesley March said Reyes-Pina had been receiving large shipments of cocaine and methamphetamine from a Mexican drug cartel. He did so by blending into the rural landscape, March said. "The shipments came in five-gallon, plastic buckets that were tightly taped,” said March, who explained how Reyes-Pina would store plastic bags of drugs inside a hollow metal fence post for dealers to pick up. Drugs also were found around the property, including some "in little baggies scattered among the chicken feed,” March said. Court records show a search of Reyes-Pina’s farm also yielded empty wrappings "commonly used to package pounds of meth and cocaine.” The wrappings tested positive for traces of both drugs. Brandon Sorenson drove onto the property during the raid. Agents found a pipe and $850 in Sorenson’s pocket, according to court records. Sorenson, 31, told agents he went to Reyes-Pina’s home every "seven or eight days to buy dope,” stating he would pay as much as $250 for a quarter-ounce of methamphetamine. He was charged with possession of illegal drugs and drug paraphernalia. The list of found stolen items grew with each arrest, the first of which took place in November, Kell said. The stolen property was confiscated mostly from users and low-level dealers, and according to court records, included an inventory that varied from flatbed trailers and a travel trailer to welders and generators. "We’re getting lots of calls from people who had stuff stolen,” Kell said. "A lot of these items were sold for cash to buy more drugs. They would cut up items for the copper or any other scrap metals they could sell. They might have a $30,000 piece of equipment they would carve up for $2,000 worth of scrap metal.” Agents found one suspected drug dealer living in a stolen travel trailer behind the Rush Springs High School. The trailer belonged to Superflow Testers Inc., a Lindsay-based oil-field service company. "We had a travel trailer and light tower parked at this site,” said Shane Kennedy, a Superflow office manager. "We’d stay there three, four nights a week and then come home. Then one day we showed up and it was gone – the whole thing. Everyone was, like, ‘Where did it go?’ "Now we’re all pretty shocked.”
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