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‘Massive’ operation in Oklahoma targets criminal marijuana trafficking

 

OKLAHOMA – A massive operation in Oklahoma targets criminal marijuana trafficking organizations.

Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics spokesman Mark Woodward says police served Search Warrants at nine farms and three residential locations connected to illegal shipments of cannabis.

Woodward stated the following:

“For over a year, OBN has been targeting numerous individuals and organizations that have moved to Oklahoma from out-of-state and used fraudulent business structures and ‘ghost owners’ to obtain their Oklahoma Medical Marijuana licenses. These criminals try to blend into our state’s Medical Marijuana program while trafficking marijuana onto the illicit market around the United States, laundering money and moving millions of dollars in illicit drug proceeds overseas.”
Woodward says this investigation identified brokers moving millions of dollars in marijuana from multiple Oklahoma farms onto the black markets in states including:
  • Missouri
  • California
  • North Carolina
  • Indiana
  • Texas

Officers issued thirteen Arrest Warrants for people in Oklahoma linked to this investigation, including one in California and three in Texas. Police say more arrests are expected as this investigation continues.

Documents show police seized an estimated 100,000 plants and thousands of pounds of bulk processed marijuana during today’s operation.

The OBN says they will file asset forfeiture on multiple vehicles, bank accounts, cash, equipment and at least eight of the properties linked to these illegal marijuana shipments.

OBN Director Donnie Anderson states:

“We are sending a clear and powerful message today that Oklahoma is not a safe haven 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 threaten the safety and well-being of our citizens and the law-abiding marijuana businesses in our state.”

 

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