Law enforcement raid near Ada nets $9 million in marijuana plants
The Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs Control says a multiagency bust is one of the largest in state history; agents are looking for five Hispanic males who may have been dropped off to grow marijuana for Mexican drug cartels.
ADA — An early morning raid Monday netted $9 million worth of marijuana and destroyed one of the largest pot growing operations in state history, drug enforcement agents reported.
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Agents with the Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs Control, the Chickasaw Nation Light Horse Police Department, and the District 22 Drug Task Force raided a remote area 15 miles north of Ada after receiving an anonymous tip about a large-scale growing operation.
Agents seized about 6,000 high-quality plants — some as high as 8-feet tall — with an estimated street value of $9 million.
Six different patches of plants were found within a few hundred feet of each other on private property near an abandoned rock quarry, Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics spokesman Mark Woodward said.
“This was a very sophisticated growing operation,” Woodward said.
No arrests were made, but agents are looking for five Hispanic males after recovering five sleeping bags and an identification card from a campsite.
The workers appear to be illegal immigrants who were dropped off to grow the plants for Mexican drug cartels, Woodward said.
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