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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.
by Tim Willert Published: August 6, 2012

— 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.

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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by Tim Willert
Education Reporter
Tim Willert is a native Californian with Oklahoma ties who covers education. Prior to moving to Oklahoma in June 2011, he was as an editor for in Century City, Calif., and reported on courts for the Los Angeles Daily Journal and...
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