OBN dismantles large drug ring in southeast Oklahoma
The Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics says they have broken up a large drug distribution ring in southeast Oklahoma. OBN and local authorities were out early Friday morning serving 43 arrest warrants for suspects living in the Clayton, Okla. area. The suspects are accused of selling methamphetamine and prescription drugs. "In December of 2013, OBN and local authorities began investigating a large drug distribution ring in Pushmataha County." OBN Spokesman Mark Woodward said. "This group of defendants would sell significant quantities of crystal methamphetamine or 'ICE', as well as prescription drugs in or around the town of Clayton, Oklahoma." Several of the 43 suspects lived in rural areas of Pushmataha, Latimer and LeFlore County. "It is troubling that in Clayton Oklahoma today we arrested approximately 5% of their entire town population with these 43 arrests."OBN Director Darrell Weaver said.As of 10:30 a.m. Friday, 23 of the 43 suspects were in custody. Three additional suspects were arrested for outstanding warrants and one died of natural causes last year. The suspects were transported Pushmataha County Jail and will face a variety of charges, including distribution of controlled substances.