Oklahoma authorities conduct meth raids in Lindsay

Law enforcement officers arrested 12 people Wednesday and were seeking a dozen more in an effort to break up a methamphetamine distribution ring in Lindsay that allegedly moved as much as two pounds of the drug a week to local dealers and users. Officials believe the drugs came from Mexico.
FROM STAFF REPORTS Modified: December 11, 2013 at 10:04 pm •  Published: December 11, 2013

— Law enforcement officers arrested 12 people Wednesday in an effort to break up a methamphetamine distribution ring, authorities reported.

Those arrested include: Kenneth Finley, 44; Tina Finley, 41; John Gandy, 54; Phillip Hilderbrandt, 40; Kent Kelly, 37; Justin Nunn, 21; Phillip Michael Riggle, 32; Beth Willingham, 40; Keith Baker, 42; James Cannon, 35; Stephanie Fuller, 39; and Candace Walck, 35. The 12 were arrested on complaints of conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine.

Three others were arrested on other drug-related complaints while officers were serving the arrest warrants. They were John Cable, 29; Cherokee Tolles, 21; and Dennis Tobey, 53.

After a 1½-year investigation, officers had arrest warrants for 19 people accused of moving one to two pounds of Mexican crystal methamphetamine a week to local dealers and users, said Mark Woodward, Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs spokesman.

The Lindsay drug raid began at 6 a.m. and lasted most of Wednesday.

“This certainly is going to have a big impact on drugs in the Lindsay area,” Garvin County Sheriff Larry Rhodes said.

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