Names released in Muskogee meth bust

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Reported by: Angela Hong
Updated: 12/13/2013 10:47 am Published: 12/12/2013 5:29 pm

The Muskogee County Sheriff office busted a major meth operation on Thursday.

Investigators arrested Chanel Boettcher, 30, and her husband Timothy Moss, 32. Investigators believe the couple was one of the largest distributors of crystal meth in the county.

FOX23 cameras were rolling as a two month long investigation led to a bust on a house Thursday afternoon.

Neighbors on North 6th street in Muskogee say they had no idea a home on their street was a major meth distribution hub.

"Based on what we've seen this is one of our main distribution points in Muskogee County and maybe northeast Oklahoma,” said one investigator.

The Muskogee County/City Drug Task Force, along with the FBI and US Marshalls carried out a search warrant on the house.

They found large amounts of cash, stolen items and meth. Three people were taken into custody, including the couple who lived here. Another man was arrested.

"There was another man here who we believe was here for the purchase of narcotics, he was arrested for outstanding felony warrants," said an investigator.

Meth is the biggest drug problem in Muskogee County.

Investigators said, “It’s a borderline epidemic and we don't want it in our county, we don't allow it in our county and that's why we're out here every day fighting against this problem.”

The sheriff believes Thursday’s bust will help cut of some of the source.

"Christmas is going to be rough for some of our meth addicts," he said.

And neighbors are glad this kind of drug activity is off their street.

The names of the people taken into custody have not been released but for now, they will be charged with possession with intent to sell.

However those charges could go up depending on how much meth deputies find inside. They are still on scene searching the home and more arrests could be made.

The couple face charges of drug trafficking, possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia and child endangerment. 

Another man, Justin Phillips, 31, was arrested in the home on warrants. 

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Unwashed Mass - 12/15/2013 11:19 AM
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"The names of the people taken into custody have not been released." The names are in the second paragraph, does no one check these stories for accuracy?

Duke1941 - 12/15/2013 11:01 AM
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I've known the couple and there family for 20+ years believe what you want but you would be hard pressed to find a more loving and devoted COUPLE of parents to there two young daughters!! Hang tough,HENDRICKS

Unwashed Mass - 12/12/2013 10:36 PM
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A couple of weeks ago fox23 described the arrest of a couple with cancer that had a whole pound of marijuana in their home as a "major drug bust" so take this all with a grain of salt. When reporters ride along with the cops, they tend to loose objectivity and become the PR arm of the police.
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