Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics taking proactive steps to fight Mexican cartels, drug smuggling

TULSA - The Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics is taking steps to stop drug cartels in their tracks.

Agents say there are seven Mexican cartels using Oklahoma's major highways to transport drugs, weapons and people.

Cartels are moving drugs from the Mexican border more than 60 miles away to places like Kansas City, St. Louis and Chicago.

But they're not just passing through.  Four of those cartels are active in the state.

"Oklahoma is in a unique position to be just far enough south to be a factor, but yet it's in the center of the United States," said Darrell Weaver, director of the Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics.  "We don't want drugs anywhere in the United States, but we sure don't want them anywhere in our state."

The agency is being proactive, hiring bilingual agents, increasing highway stops and working with other agencies on investigations.

If you suspect drug activity, call (800) 522-8031.

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