Oklahoma law enforcement made two huge meth busts this week, which come as no surprise to them.
The first bust was Wednesday in Oklahoma City. Federal agents found 66 pounds of meth and $320,000. Four people are in custody for allegedly distributing meth from a car wash and possibly a McDonalds Restaurant.
The second big bust came Thursday in Muskogee County along I-40 near Webbers Falls, Oklahoma. Deputy Jeff Gragg was making a random traffic stop when he found 19 pounds of meth bagged up in 24-year-old Michael Salas’ trunk.
‘It's the most crystal methamphetamine I have ever seen in one seizure,” said Deputy Jeff Gragg.
Every day Deputy Gragg works the Oklahoma highways, he pulls over at least one out of 10 or 12 vehicles with contraband in it.
“I-40 and I-35 are major thoroughfares, they go across the country and the drug dealers know this and that stuff is going up and down the roads every day,” said Deputy Gragg.
Drug money goes south and west on the highways, and drugs go north and east. Salas was headed south, which is the opposite of traffickers’ usual routine. Deputy Gragg said he’s not always sure what he will come across.
“The cartel does not want you to know they are here,” said Deputy Gragg. “They have to get their product from point A to point B the cheapest way they can. If you really want to fight the crime on drugs if you really want to fight that war, then every one of our officers should be on that highway.”
The Oklahoma Bureau of Drug Traffickers reported Oklahoma’s central location and major interstates make it attractive for drug traffickers.
Salas is booked without bond and has been charged with possession of a controlled dangerous substance with intent to distribute and trafficking illegal drugs of over 18 grams.