Federal agents bust illegal Marijuana grow operation in Muskogee County

MUSKOGEE, Okla. — The Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics (OBN) shut down an illegal marijuana growing operation in Muskogee Monday, June 14.

OBN spokesman, Mark Woodward, said the 40-acre farm had no licensing and those in charge made no effort to get licensing.

In addition, Woodward said nearly 30 Hispanic men working on the farm were potentially victims of human trafficking.

“While none of them willingly claimed to be a victim, these men were forced to live in deplorable conditions. They stayed in make-shift shanties without electricity or running water to the property. They appeared to be bathing and washing their clothes in a less than sanitary and stagnate creek nearby. Interviews revealed that they had not been paid and were told they would receive a percentage of the profits after the harvest.” Woodward said.

OBN says there were around 24,000 plants on the property.

The investigation is still ongoing.