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With Caddo County meth ring raid, agents send ‘message’

RON JACKSON Modified: July 15, 2009 at 3:44 pm •  Published: July 15, 2009
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. More Coverage: Oklahoma's Drug Cartels has disabled the comments for this article.

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Suspected ringleaders
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 Attorney’s Office.


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