$9 Million Worth of Pot Seized in Oklahoma
Drug task force agents raided a marijuana growing operation and seized approximately 6,000 marijuana plants in a remote area north of Ada, Okla., Monday morning, according to a news release from the Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics.
No arrests have been made. But evidence seized from three different camp sites near the marijuana patches will be used to help identify those responsible, according to OBN Spokesman Mark Woodward.
It’s one of the largest growing operations ever seized in state history, the agency reports. The plants had a street value of $9 million, a news release stated. Investigators received a tip about the plants two weeks ago, Woodward said.
“After following up on the information, we identified approximately 6 different patches, each containing several hundred plants within a few hundred feet of each other,” Woodward said.
Woodward says no arrests have been made, but evidence found at makeshift campsites near the patches will be used to identify those responsible for the marijuana growing operation.
“Evidence found in the marijuana patch, including an identification card, would indicate we are looking for possibly five Hispanic males who are not from this area,” Woodward said.
KFOR in Oklahoma City reports investigators believe the growers actually camped at the site. Agents found cucumbers and squash growing in a field near the campsites, providing the suspects with food.
Over the past 3 years, Woodward says OBN has seized several similar growing operations around Oklahoma headed by Mexican cartels, the news release stated. However, Woodward said at this point there was no evidence to tie this operation to drug cartels.
The OBN, the Chickasaw Nation Light Horse Police Department, and the District 22 Drug Task Force all took part in the investigation.