|Updated: 1/31/2013 5:19 pm
||Published: 1/31/2013 2:50 pm
The Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics ended a 10-month methamphetamine investigation with numerous search and arrest warrants.
OBN Spokesman Mark Woodward says agents and officers from several departments fanned out around six on Thursday morning armed with five Search Warrants and 21 Arrest Warrants for defendants accused of trafficking and distributing large quantities of methamphetamine in Okmulgee, Oklahoma.
"In April, 2012, OBN began investigating a large meth distribution ring in Okmulgee. This group of defendants would import significant quantities of crystal methamphetamine or 'ICE' into the Okmulgee area to supply local dealers and users," said Mark Woodward.
Woodward says this group routinely imported as much as 2 to 5 pounds of crystal meth, monthly. The District 25 Drug Task Force, the Okmulgee Police Department and the Henryetta Police Department assisted OBN with the investigation.
OBN Director Darrell Weaver says removing these criminal drug elements from communities is a vital role of his state drug agency, "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. The cooperation between local law enforcement and OBN was superb and I am very pleased. We must continue to be vigilant in our stance against this devilish drug."
All of the defendants arrested on Thursday were transported 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.