|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.