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Oklahoma narcotics agents dismantle meth distribution ring

Drug agents and officers from several law enforcement departments fanned out about 6 a.m. Thursday with five search warrants and 21 arrest warrants for defendants accused of trafficking and distributing large quantities of methamphetamine in the Okmulgee area.
FROM STAFF REPORTS Modified: January 31, 2013 at 1:08 pm •  Published: January 31, 2013
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— Narcotics agents led a sting Thursday morning that dismantled a methamphetamine ring in Okmulgee, the Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs Control reports.

Drug agents and officers from several law enforcement departments fanned out about 6 a.m. Thursday with five search warrants and 21 arrest warrants for defendants accused of trafficking and distributing large quantities of methamphetamine, spokesman Mark Woodward said in a news release.

The sting followed a 10-month investigation into the meth distribution ring, Woodward said.

“This group of defendants would import significant quantities of crystal methamphetamine or ‘ICE' into the Okmulgee area to supply local dealers and users,” he said.

Woodward said the group routinely imported as much as 2 to 5 pounds of crystal meth monthly.

Assisting narcotics agents with the investigation were members of the District 25 Drug Task Force, the Okmulgee Police Department and the Henryetta Police Department.

“Today, we inflicted a critical blow to the methamphetamine trade in the Okmulgee area with the arrest of these individuals. This group of outlaws distributed alarming amounts of this highly addictive drug and made enormous profits while peddling their illicit wares,” narcotics bureau Director Darrell Weaver said in the news release. “The cooperation between local law enforcement and OBN was superb and I am very pleased.”

All of the defendants arrested were taken to the Okmulgee County jail. They face a variety of charges, including aggravated trafficking and distribution of a controlled dangerous substance. Additional arrests are possible as the investigation continues.

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