3,000 illegal marijuana plants found in Ottawa County raid
OTTAWA COUNTY, Okla. – Authorities eradicate and dispose of thousands of pounds of illegally grown marijuana in rural Fairland, Oklahoma.
According to the Ottawa County Sheriff’s Office, the grow was illegal due to them not having the proper licensing and permits. On Wednesday, October 12, they assisted the Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics on a raid at the property.
Authorities arrested six males. Law enforcement is requesting charges of unlawful cultivation of marijuana, trafficking in marijuana and possession of firearms in the commission of a felony.
Officers found four firearms in the living quarters, two rifles, a shotgun and a handgun.
They also found:
- 3,241 live plants,
- 778 plants hanging to dry
- Approximately 17,600 pounds of processed marijuana
The Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics (OBN) says it’s “investigating and dismantling criminal organizations operating within the state’s medical marijuana program.”
Over the past two weeks, OBN has served Search Warrants at nearly a dozen marijuana farms across Oklahoma. Agency Spokesman Mark Woodward says this is another phase in OBN’s ongoing focus to aggressively target criminals hiding within the state’s medical marijuana program.
“Between September 27 and October 7, OBN executed Search Warrants at 10 marijuana cultivation businesses and one residential location in Canadian, Cleveland, Garvin, Kay, Okfuskee, Payne, Pontotoc and Seminole counties. A total of 79,157 illegally cultivated plants were seized, along with 3,139 pounds of processed marijuana and 16 firearms. So far, 20 people have been arrested with more arrests expected as these investigations continue. Woodward says the targets of these investigations face a variety of charges including Drug Trafficking, Aggravated Manufacturing, Unlawful Cultivation, and Acquiring Proceeds from Drug Activity.” – OBN
The Ottawa County Sheriff’s Office didn’t release the names of the suspects they arrested.
The following agencies were involved in the raid:
- Miami PD
- Wyandotte Nation PD
- Eastern Shawnee PD
- Quapaw Nation Marshals
- Quapaw Nation Ambulance
- Ottawa County District 2
- City of Miami
- Ottawa County District 3
- Ottawa County Emergency Management
“We are making it very clear that Oklahoma is not a safe harbor for criminals who think they can hide behind a Medical Marijuana license. My agency is committed to aggressively targeting and dismantling these marijuana trafficking organizations that are attempting to gain a foothold in our state.” —-OBN Director Donnie Anderson
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