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Monday, March 20, 2006

Hughes County raid nets 13 arrests

Brenda Tollett and Liz Brewer
Ada Evening News, OK

HOLDENVILLE — Federal, state and local law enforcement agencies put the brakes on what Bill Peterson, district attorney in Hughes and Pontotoc counties, describes as a major drug distribution network in southeastern Oklahoma. Mark Woodward, spokesman for the Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics, said 17 arrest warrants and 12 search warrants were executed around 6:30 a.m. Thursday at rural locations around Hughes County including Calvin and Holdenville. Peterson said 13 arrests were made Thursday and more warrants will be executed in the next few days. According to Peterson the warrants are related to a multi-agency investigation that began eight months ago.

"This is a sizable hit on drug distribution in southeastern Oklahoma," said Peterson. "It never ceases to amaze me how organized the drug task force is and how well the plan is executed."

"The law enforcement officers have done a magnificent job today in arresting several organized drug traffickers and high level dealers. Their arrests are the result of an eight-month investigation by the District 22 Drug Task Force, Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs Control, Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation and Drug Enforcement Administration, Internal Revenue Service, District 23 Drug Task Force, Holdenville Police Department, Seminole Police Department, Hughes County Sheriff's Office, Pontotoc County Sheriff's office, Chickasaw Nation Lighthorse Police and Oklahoma Highway Patrol. This will put a sizable dent in the drug distribution in southeastern Oklahoma," said Peterson.

In addition to several arrests in Hughes County, authorities also seized 105 grams of methamphetamine, a quarter ounce of marijuana, several dozen guns, six cars, three motorcycles, about $3,500 cash and stolen property.

Wow, eight months work by twelve government agencies nets one handful of drugs.


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