Drug Raid In Wagoner County Nets Five Arrests
WAGONER COUNTY, Oklahoma - Law enforcement officers conducted a drug raid on Thursday, and they were looking for everything from meth and marijuana to heroin.
For months, the officers secretly were videotaping, doing surveillance and buying drugs at three houses.
They hit those houses with search warrants, near the town of Okay, in Wagoner County.
News On 6 crime reporter Lori Fullbright rode along for the bust.
The Wagoner County sheriff says heroin is a huge problem in his county.
"Come out, we have a warrant for your arrest," deputies shouted.
For the element of surprise, the Wagoner County Sheriff's Office, District 27 Drug Task Force, Cherokee Marshals and Wagoner Police divided into teams to hit three houses all at the same time.
They say undercover officers recently bought heroin at one of the houses. The drugs were being shipped there from Mexico through FedEx.
"We know for a fact two of the gentlemen are major drug dealers, not just in Okay, but in Wagoner County and NE Oklahoma, so having them off he streets is gonna be great,” Wagoner County Sheriff Bob Colbert said.
The second location was just a few blocks away and police say they found a meth lab inside the small mobile home, as well as crystal meth already bagged up and ready to sell.
They say the man who lives there, who sold to undercover officers, is already a convicted felon.
"I think people are going to see this law enforcement presence and think twice.,” District 27 Drug Task Force Officer Mike Moore said.
At the third house, neighbors were relieved to see officers with guns surround a home they say has been a major problem the past two years.
Angela doesn't want drugs near her family and has even been writing down tag numbers.
"Because when you come and stay 20 minutes over and over and there's different tag numbers,” she said.
They arrested five people total and say they hope it cuts down on more than just the drug trade, but also the other crimes associated with drugs.
"Very few burglaries are not drug related,” Moore said. “They're stealing your guns and your TVs to buy drugs."
The officers say they're seeing a trend in the drug trade. People used to make the drugs at home, now they're being shipped in from places like Mexico, they said. But they say no matter how the drugs are supplied, they will find them.