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Police bust drug network selling Mexican meth in Oklahoma

July 17th 2012   ·   15 Comments

(Reuters) – Police arrested 17 people on Monday and were looking for 21 more in a crackdown on what they described as a major operation smuggling Mexican-made methamphetamine across the border for sale in central Oklahoma.

Mark Woodward, spokesman for the Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics, said the drug ring distributed 10 to 12 pounds of methamphetamine valued at up to $200,000 each week in central Oklahoma. The meth was brought across the border by car, he said.

Police arrested 17 people and have arrest warrants for 21 more suspects, said Mark Woodward, spokesman for the Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics.

Undercover officers made a series of drug purchases, including one transaction in which a pound of methamphetamine was bought for $16,000, before state and federal officers with Homeland Security began making arrests, he said.

Woodward said police were unsure which Mexican drug cartel manufactured the methamphetamine.

In March, police arrested eight suspects in the drug network, including six who were in the United States illegally. Those arrested on Monday were legal residents, many with long-standing ties to Oklahoma, Woodward said.

“A lot of them are users themselves who do it to pay for their drug habit,” Woodward said.

Methamphetamine, a highly addictive central nervous system stimulant, is often called a scourge of rural America because of its widespread production and use in small towns.

(Editing by Greg McCune and David Brunnstrom)

A version of this column originally appeared in reuters.com.

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Readers Comments (15)

  1. Good lock their illegal asses up and toss the keys in the ocean..

  2. Too bad these illegal criminals can’t sell this crap to Obamas’ daughters, maybe then the idiot would start shoring up our boarders instead of opening them up! What a useless president we have!

  3. Ron McLaren says:

    how about locking up the keys and tossing their illegal butts in the ocean?

  4. I didnt know there was a shortage in the states since they pop up like weeds in a garden. Unless if it is pure crystal meth which takes much more lab time to perfect.

  5. “Busted Bad” and that’s good.

  6. O-K-L-A-H-O-M-A! OKLAHOOOOOOOOOOOOOMA!!!!! Whah!!!!!

  7. You think Oklahoma is bad check out garden city Kansas.

  8. That area has some of the worst drug problems for a small population, compared to many larger cities!

  9. WTG–keep up the good work keeping American safe and drug free on day–that would be amazing!

  10. GREAT WORK….GET ALL OF THEM (DRUGS & ILLEGALS) OUT OF HERE, AND CLOSE THE BORDER!! Should have been done 50 years ago!!

  11. You are more than likely dealing with the Juarez Cartel and the Nichos.

  12. Debbie Tucker, slobama is NOT president.

  13. Joseph Christopher…I totally agree with you! He got there by allowing “acorn” (which he use to be affiliated with) count votes. Surprisingly we found out “dead people” were voting! he never should have been in office in the first place! I do not claim him as my president. I have to be nice here on facebook, but if you could hear what I call him in the privacy of my home, I would probably be in jail! I can’t stand to look at him and I can’t wait for him to be gone!!!! Mars wouldn’t be far enough!





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