Agents arrest dozens in Tulsa meth investigation

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Updated: 4/08/2013 9:19 am Published: 4/05/2013 11:49 am

An eight-month investigation into meth, drugs and organized crime led to more than 30 arrests Friday in East Tulsa.

The Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs, Tulsa Police Special Investigations Divisions and DEA worked together on an investigation targeting 47 people in what they call an organized meth ring.

Drug agents have been working on bringing this ring down since August, 2012. Agents say some of the dealers are connected to murders, robberies, shootings and burglaries.

“The majority of Oklahomans don't want this riff raff living next to them. I mean c'mon. Who wants to have them living next to them?" said OBN Director Darrell Weaver.

A woman was seen trying to comfort a baby, as Tulsa narcotics officers and state drug agents pulled people out of a house near Admiral and Mingo putting some in cuffs as part of a sweep to fight the meth trade that investigators believe involved dangerous criminals.

"Several homicides, shootings,” said the undercovere OBN case agent.  "This is organized crime that we believe has ties to Mexican cartel."

Since August, agents and undercover officers have taken eight pounds of meth off the street. 

U.S. Attorney Jimmy Williams Sr. says they are known for purchasing meth for three million dollars and selling it for five million dollars.

The sweep targeted all levels of meth business from accused distributors to suspected users who are caught up in something that has a hold on them tighter than handcuffs.

"We are not talking about the shake-and-bake driving around. We are talking about multiple pounds, hundreds of million dollars’ worth of meth,” said Williams Sr.

These arrests follow a similar crackdown in February when a former janitor for Tulsa Public Schools was busted. Maria Martinez, accused of running a meth business, officers seized four pounds of meth, two guns and $20,000 cash.

"It's big time business,” said Williams.

Eight people are now facing federal charges in connection with the February bust.

The Tulsa County District Attorney calls it a massive illegal industry.

"They are greedy. Some of them are users some of them are addicts, they carry guns. Violence is part of their lifestyle,” said Tim Harris.

Police say a huge lead into criminals like this start with a tip from neighbors who call police or Crime Stoppers at (918) 596-COPS.

"We ask that our community and neighborhoods to look and see that behavior and to let us know,"  said Tulsa Police Chief Chuck Jordan.

Police say they will continue to track down all of the targets in this case.

Assisting with the Arrest Warrants today include OBN, Tulsa P.D., Tulsa County Sheriff’s Department, the U.S. Marshal’s Service, the U.S. Attorney’s Office and the Tulsa County District Attorney’s Office. 

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george - 4/6/2013 12:26 PM
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Shocking... But I was under the Impression that you had to be a Tulsa cop to deal drugs in this city... Case in point.. Special Investigation Division (DEA) Harold wells and Jeff Henderson..

disgusted - 4/6/2013 10:16 AM
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Yippee!!!! TPD and their comrades got to pretend to b real PO PO and play with their guns and badges. While t :) ey were busy kicking in doors and planting drugs on people and playing rambo. Who was out there manning the sexual predators who harm our children. Dont be so quick to be the judge and jury especially when your own backyard is dirty. How racist and judgmental must you be. And a reminder to Mr officer Ramsey sir remember when you look down your nose at us horrible drug dealers make sure you wipe the powder off yours. Some of the best honest hardworking loyal people are Mexicans that everyone is running in the ground. Shame on you tulsa. Just cause you have a family that are close and full of love and genuinely care about ea other then we must label it organized crime ring and call it the cartel. Again shame on you tulsa im embarrassed to say the least. God bless all the scared and broken families this has affected .

soonert - 4/6/2013 8:13 AM
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? Why would they go all the way to Mexico to get meth when Oklahoma makes it like it was tea! Folks, Randy (hate Mexicans) Terrill was proven to be a big lie. They run him out of the state house. Give it up you real embarrassing yourselves .

soonert - 4/6/2013 8:06 AM
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@howIseeit, Did you see a Mexican get arrested.LMAO....Change you name to ThatsHowIdidn'tSeeIT! Raciest?

howIseeit - 4/5/2013 11:58 PM
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@bigMo can you NOT READ? The OBN case agent said and I quote.."This is organized crime that we believe has ties to Mexican cartel." So YOU REALLY THINK THEY WERE WHITE.....and remember this was in EAST TULSA (little Mexico where it is KNOWN 70% of Tulsa's Mexican population reside YOU IDIOT!

Unwashed Mass - 4/5/2013 11:09 PM
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Let see, an agency notorious for planting evidence, working with others who are facing budget cutbacks and consolidation. Makes me feel better already.

watergirl - 4/5/2013 2:12 PM
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There was some meth people living next to me a couple years ago. We reported the strange activity and strange people at all hours of the night and all the fighting and yelling all the time. But they moved before they could get busted. This was what made me go get renters insurance. I was afraid to be near them, they're weird.

bigM0 - 4/5/2013 1:53 PM
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Good job DEA!!!Tulsa and surrounding areas is over run with meth. I live in Broken Arrow and have people next door to my house that use meth! I see strange people in different vehicles coming and going day and night just like the Police tell you to look for,but the Police can't be everywhere and see what is going on. It's up to the public to report this kind of behavior to the Police.

bigM0 - 4/5/2013 1:39 PM
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Nobody said these dealers were "Mexican". Probably mostly whites.

george - 4/5/2013 12:26 PM
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Hat's off to Police and Feds, Good Job getting these criminals off the streets, children get hurt due to people that distribute this poison. But, Contrary to Popular Believe, Not all Mexicans are Cartel or Drug Dealers. And not all Mexicans are Illegal..
CRIME STOPPERS is a citizen-supported program that allows people to report criminal activities anonymously.

The Crime Stoppers Coordinator and the Crime Commission Board of Directors determines the amount of awards and ensures payment to those who provide information, and are responsible for raising money to continue their respective programs
To report a crime call 596-COPS or text a tip by following these directions:
  1. Send text to “Crimes” or “274637
  2. Begin your message with “TIP918
  3. Type your tip and hit send
  4. When the text is received, the sender will receive a PIN number within 10 seconds confirming receipt of the information
  5. The tipster will be instructed to call 911 if an emergency or crime in progress is being reported
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