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Large meth trafficking operation busted in southwestern Oklahoma, officials say

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Posted at 12:47 PM, Jul 25, 2019
and last updated 2019-07-25 13:47:52-04

Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics officials say 21 people were arrested Thursday in connection with a large meth trafficking operation investigation in southwestern Oklahoma and north Texas.

The investigation began in November 2018 when officials received a tip about people trafficking and distributing large quantities of meth throughout Lawton and the Wichita Falls, Texas areas.

Mark Woodward, OBN spokesman, said the main target of the investigation, Joshua Watts, would routinely procure and control the distribution of between two and ten pounds of meth at any given time. Watts was arrested earlier this month for a felony of knowingly concealing stolen property, officials said.

“This case is a perfect example of law enforcement agencies coming together to ensure our communities are kept safe," said John Scully, OBN Director. "The individuals targeted in this investigation, if gone unabated, could poison entire communities with their illicit drugs. OBN will continue working with our law enforcement partners to ensure a positive quality of life for our citizens.”

Fifteen of the 21 arrest warrants served Thursday were in Lawton, with the remaining six coming in Wichita Falls.

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