ANADARKO — Narcotics agents have dismantled what authorities said was a massive drug ring in Caddo County. The ring peddled at least $60,000 worth of methamphetamine a week from Mexico, officials said. The raid, conducted by agents with 40 arrest warrants and seven search warrants, culminated a nine-month investigation spurred greatly by wiretapping of suspected ringleaders. "A lot of times you can go in and disrupt a drug operation, and that’s good,” said Darrell Weaver, director of the Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs Control. "But this time we were able to go in and totally dismantle an operation, from the producers to the sellers to the users. "The important thing here is these people are going into the rural parts of our state, away from the big cities, thinking they can go to an Anadarko, Oklahoma, and set up shop,” Weaver said. "Our message to them is that is no longer the case.” Complaints by local farmers of suspicious activity sparked the investigation, Caddo County District Attorney Bret Burns said. District 6 Drug Task Force agents began to uncover a suspected drug network that quickly mushroomed in size, prompting a request for assistance from state agents. The 24-hour surveillance of cell phone conversations led to the first major arrests in May. Court affidavits state that agents intercepted calls between Juan Ramos, 33, of Oklahoma City and Estanistao Casas, 52, of Anadarko regarding a drug deal in Oklahoma City. According to the affidavits, agents later observed Ramos hand Casas a white plastic bag near S Meridian Avenue and SW 29, prompting an arrest and seizure of the evidence — two pounds of methamphetamine with a street value of $20,000. Ramos, an illegal immigrant and suspected ringleader, remains in the Oklahoma County jail. Casas, an illegal immigrant who has been deported four times, posted $20,000 bail and was released after the May arrest. He was arrested again Tuesday, along with his wife, Angela Parham, at their Anadarko home. Three other suspected "high-level” ringleaders were netted during the raid — Lorenzo Franco, 41, of Anadarko; Brandon Morse, 21, of Oney; and Timothy Morse, 47, of Oney. They face a variety of felony charges, including trafficking, distribution, conspiracy to distribute and soliciting methamphetamine. Timothy Morse and his son, Brandon, are accused of distributing meth from their family farm near Oney. Burns said they were known to bury drugs and large amounts of money on the property. Agents were able to study wire transfers of money. In one case, Weaver said, $60,000 could be traced to one entity in Mexico during a three-month period. "We’re still gathering evidence,” Weaver said. "But we know the drugs were coming out of Mexico, and eventually we believe the evidence will lead to one of the main Mexican drug cartels.” Editor's note: Timothy Morse is the father of Brandon Morse, not brothers as the story originally stated.
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A nine-month investigation led undercover narcotic investigators to conclude there were at least six leaders atop a major Caddo County drug ring. District Attorney Bret Burns identified those six key suspects as: * Juan Ramos, 33, of Oklahoma City * Estanistao Casas, 42, of Anadarko * Lorenzo Franco, 41, of Anadarko * Michael Thrash, 43, of Anadarko * Brandon Morse, 21, of Oney * Timothy Morse, 47, of Oney
In addition to the six people identified as leaders of what authorities said was a Caddo County drug ring, arrest warrants on felony drug charges were issued for the following 34 people: Robert Jose Arellano Jeffrey Lee Butler Tomas Casas Ashton Brianne Claborn Derrick Dewayne Cruikshank Heidi Gayle Dent Lacey Elizabeth English Brandon Wayne Farmer Brandon Lynn Ferguson Fidel Gonzales Tara Lynne Harbin Jeremy Leon Hix Dustin Don Holsted Delano Pershing Hunter Brady Allen Hybsha Kyley Dwan Ingram Alijandrino Lopez Curtis William Mejia John Paul Morris Steven Dewayne Odum Angela Nanette Parham James Clay Plaster Bruce Dean Pond Derrick Howard Lee Pond Trina Nicole Poolaw Patrick Colt Rafferty Eric Dean Robinson Le Anna Sneed Gary Spigarelli Ronny Dlain Taylor Bobbi Jean Thompson Lisa Ann Walters Randy Allen Wilkerson Brandy Leigh Wilkerson Source: Caddo County District Attorneyâ€™s Office.