Millions in forfeited assets awarded to Oklahoma agencies who assisted in 2015 raid
OKLAHOMA CITY (KOKH) —
Several Oklahoma law enforcement agencies received millions of dollars in forfeited assets collected during a 2015 raid.
Oklahoma Attorney General Mike Hunter says his office was allocated $2 million in assets forfeited during the 2015 raid of several Mr. Coolz shops in Oklahoma City. In March 2015, 18 search warrants were served across four Oklahoma counties in connection to the raid. The Attorney General's Office reports the stores were selling drug paraphernalia and synthetic marijuana. Authorities raided safe deposit boxes, homes, stores, and storage units in the case and came up with thousands of packages of synthetic marijuana, over $1 million in cash and luxury cars. Hunter reports the stores made $5.1 million in revenue since opening in 2010.
After prosecution in the case, Hunter's office was awarded the funds. Hunter's office gave the following money to agencies for their involvement in the investigation:
- Bethany Police Department - $84,889.60;
- Duncan Police Department - $63,667.20;
- Oklahoma County Sheriff’s Office - $212,224;
- Pittsburg County District Attorney’s Office - $111,723.20;
- Cleveland County District Attorney’s Office - $70,033.92;
- Moore Police Department - $76,400.64;
- Tulsa County Sheriff’s Department - $84,889.60;
- Pottawatomie County District Attorney’s Office - $63,667.20;
- Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs Control - $169,779.20;
- Oklahoma City Police Department - $573,004.80;
- Oklahoma Attorney General’s Office - $500,000.
Hunter says the OHP helped store the seized items during court proceedings. The OHP was allocated the following items:
- A Top Hat hauling trailer – estimated value at $5,000;
- An Arctic Cat Prowler – estimated value at $9,000;
- A Browning ProSteel gun safe – estimated value at $2,500;
- A Polaris Ranger 800 XP – estimated value at $10,000.