FOX23 goes along on warrant sweep in Okmulgee County


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Reported by: Price McKeon
Updated: 2/13 9:16 am Published: 2/12 3:30 pm


OKMULGEE COUNTY, Okla. - More than a dozen accused drug dealers are off the street.

FOX23 was the only crew that rode along with Okmulgee County officers and four other law enforcement agencies as they served warrants.

“Especially it’s kind of scary; you may be living next door to some of them, you know,” said Bette Sample, who lives in Okmulgee.

She was living next door to where a warrant was served.

“And when they’re on drugs, you never know what they’re capable of doing,” she said.

FOX23 was there when the Okmulgee District Attorney’s Drug and Violent Crime Task Force, the sheriff’s office and Okmulgee City police were out serving warrants.

“It’s just priceless to get these people off the streets,” said Sheriff Eddy Rice.

“Well it’s exciting that we’re working together; each agency brings different tools to the table. We all get together and develop a plan and attack the problem with a united front,” said Okmulgee City Police Chief Joe Prentice.

The Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics and the Muscogee Creek Nation police also teamed up and arrested people they said sold drugs to undercover officers.

“It’s a big deal. It will make a positive impact for the community,” said Prentice.

After months of investigating and preparing cases, warrants were served and arrests were made Wednesday, including some people they didn’t expect to find.

Working together is something Sheriff Eddy Rice said has to happen.

“It’s a necessity that we have to have in today’s society because criminals don’t know boundaries,” he said.

After months of investigating, law enforcement served warrants and arrested people they say were dealing drugs to undercover officers.

“Based on the information we received we also know that in virtually every one of these cases that we do in this fashion there have been multiple purchases made from the same individual,” said Rice.

Okmulgee County DA Rob Barris told FOX23 there are no excuses. “So they can’t say exactly what you just said, ‘That was my first and only time to deal drugs.’ That’s still a crime but there’s a pattern of behavior behind these people’s activities that make them much more a threat than just a one-time, ‘oops i made a mistake.’” Said Barris.

“As realists we have to understand that these 12 will be off the street (but) there will be 12 to replace them tomorrow,” said Rice.

But Rice said they won’t let that discourage them. They’ll keep on making arrests, with agencies bonding together and working together and just take it one step at a time.

Neighbors told FOX23 they thought the sweep was wonderful. “It’s scary but I’m glad, really glad, that’s what they did today,” said Sample.


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Mayor Maynot - 2/13/2014 10:05 AM
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As Americans we need to fight the battle to have our friggin rights back to do whatever we want with hemp. Little things like growing a fuel source that is less damaging to our ecology (fracckkinggggg) and more ecologically helpful to our soil.

Unwashed Mass - 2/12/2014 8:57 PM
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This is a good story if fox23 is the publicity arm for police, but not so much if they are trying to be fair and balanced. The majority of Americans dont feel the war on pot is worthwhile, and that's news.
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