Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics dismantles meth distribution ring in Okmulgee

OKMULGEE, Okla. - A 10-month-long investigation into an Okmulgee methamphetamine distribution ring ended Thursday with a warrant sweep.

Around 6 a.m. agents with the Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics and officers from several other departments served five search warrants and 21 arrest warrants for trafficking and distributing large quantities of meth in Okmulgee.

"In April 2012 OBN began investigating a large meth distribution ring in Okmulgee," said Mark Woodward, OBN spokesman. "This group of defendants would import significant quantities of crystal methamphetamine or 'ICE' into the Okmulgee area to supply local dealers and users."

Woodward said the suspects would regularly import two to five pounds of crystal meth monthly.

"Today we inflicted a critical blow to the methamphetamine trade in the Okmulgee area with the arrest of these individuals," said Darrell Weaver, OBN director. "This group of outlaws distributed alarming amounts of this highly addictive drug and made enormous profits while peddling their illicit wares."

A total of 19 suspects were taken into custody, Woodward said, and booked into the Okmulgee County Jail for aggravated trafficking and distribution of a controlled dangerous substance. 

Woodward said additional arrests are possible.

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