Mexican Drug Cartel Pipeline Cut in Central Oklahoma
State and local law enforcement have dismantled a large Mexican methamphetamine network in central Oklahoma. On Monday, July 16th, the Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics, along with officers from the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's Homeland Security Investigations served 30 Arrest Warrants at several locations throughout central Oklahoma as part of a year- long joint undercover investigation. Mark Woodward, Spokesman for OBN says the majority of the warrants were executed in Oklahoma County.
“Last summer, we identified a large group of individuals bringing significant quantities of Mexican-produced methamphetamine into central Oklahoma for distribution. These shipments would include as much as 10 pounds of meth each week. So, this network was considered a major supplier of meth throughout central Oklahoma.”
Over the past year, Woodward says Agents targeted and identified those individuals tied to this meth network. Woodward says this group brought meth shipments into central Oklahoma and would divide and re-sell their smaller shipments in several communities, including Oklahoma City, Norman, Edmond, Anadarko, and Watonga.
OBN Director Darrell Weaver says his agency will aggressively work to dismantle these networks supplying meth to the streets of Oklahoma.
“This is tremendous organization which we have infiltrated and investigated along with our partners at Homeland Security Investigations. We have used convert operations to penetrate a very significant group of drug violators which has made countless amounts of money while distributing their addictive substance. Methamphetamine is a destructive foe and we have to be vigilant in our fight to defeat the supply of this hideous drug. We must simply never give up our fight!”
David M. Marwell, Special Agent in Charge of HSI Dallas says this successful investigation demonstrates the effective long-term partnership that Homeland Security Investigations has enjoyed with the Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics.
“Together, our law enforcement partnership dismantled this drug trafficking organization and its threat to public safety, especially in Oklahoma."
As of noon Monday, 17 defendants were in custody. Woodward says all of the defendants arrested today were transported to the Oklahoma County Jail where they will face a variety of charges including Conspiracy to Traffic Methamphetamine.