A months-long investigation into a drug ring spanning from Arizona to Oklahoma has resulted in seven arrests in Oklahoma City, with more likely to come, a federal spokesman said Thursday.
The FBI, Department of Homeland Security, Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs Control, Oklahoma City police and Arizona law enforcement worked together to expose the ring.
The investigation began with Oklahoma City police and the FBI looking into gang activity in 2013, according to court documents.
Federal agents on Wednesday arrested Anthony Cox, Diego Hernandez, Octavio Alvidrez, Max Romero, Joy Romero, Jesus Vasquez and Dustin Miranda, U.S. attorney’s spokesman Bob Troester said.
Authorities still are searching for four others: Alejandro Bustamante, Vincent Juliano, Rosa Vasquez and Mike Hibdon. Bustamante and Vasquez live in Arizona, according to court documents. All the other suspects live in Oklahoma.
In February, investigators began monitoring the phones of Bustamante, Cox and Hernandez, according to court documents. They recorded conversations detailing a plan for Cox and Hernandez to receive methamphetamine from Bustamante, who lives in Arizona, as well as other unknown sources.
Cox and Hernandez would then work with the other suspects to distribute the drugs around Oklahoma City, officials said.
In conversations detailed in court documents, the suspects speak about exchanging pounds of methamphetamine for other drugs and thousands of dollars.
All 11 were charged in federal court Tuesday with conspiracy to possess methamphetamine with intent to distribute. Bustamante, Max Romero, Sanchez and Hernandez also were charged with money laundering.
Preliminary hearings are scheduled to begin Friday and will continue through June 4, Troester said.