The Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics (OBN) has ended a two-month undercover drug sting in Payne and Creek counties resulting in numerous arrest warrants.
OBN spokesperson Mark Woodward said agents and officers from several departments fanned out around 6:30 a.m. on Friday armed with arrest warrants for 26 people accused of selling drugs to undercover OBN agents.
"In 2006, OBN created a Mobile Operations Team (M.O.T.), Woodward said in a statement. "This unit is designed to identify and target drug suspects within specific communities, statewide. In March and April of this year, OBN agents assigned to our M.O.T. unit worked in Payne and Creek counties making undercover drug buys from several dealers in Cushing and Drumright. Today, our M.O.T unit wrapped up its investigation by rounding up those defendants."
Woodward said the undercover drug buys involved methamphetamine, marijuana, and prescription drugs. The suspects were booked into the Payne County Jail and will face State charges of distribution of a controlled dangerous substance. OBN Director Darrell Weaver said the investigation emphasizes the importance of the M.O.T. unit.
"By arresting 26 individuals in the Cushing and Drumright areas, we will send a message that we will not tolerate drug distributors and their illicit activities," Weaver said. "We must be diligent and have great resolve when battling the evils that will destroy our great state."
By 11:30 a.m., 13 people had been taken into custody and one meth lab seized.
Assisting with the investigation and Friday's warrant sweep include OBN, Cushing Police Department, Drumright Police Department, the Payne County Sheriff's Department and the Creek County Sheriff's Department.
Previous M.O.T investigations have taken place in Woodward, Bartlesville, Stillwater, Clinton, Claremore, McAlester, Altus, Guymon and Idabel.