CARTER COUNTY, OK - A year-long undercover investigation in Carter County ends with the arrest of 10 people authorities say have been trafficking cocaine. Sara Humphrey rode along with law enforcement during the warrant roundup Tuesday morning.
A drug bust in and around Ardmore early this morning led to the arrest of 10 people accused of being major players in the trafficking of cocaine from Dallas to Oklahoma City.
"Our main target, Darrius Cohee, was the first person arrested this morning, and he was the leader of we believe a ring that dates back well over 10 years," Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics director Darrell Weaver said.
Arrests made in the drug sting, nicknamed Operation Crack Pot, stem from a year-long investigation revealing a group of dealers accused of bringing multiple kilos of powder and crack cocaine from Dallas to Ardmore.
"Back many many years ago whenever I was working this area we were chasing some of the same group. So we are very pleased today to dismantle this group," Weaver said.
Weaver calls today's collaboration between the OBN, the Carter County Sheriff's Office, Ardmore Police, Lone Grove Police, and the Chickasaw Lighthorse Calvary a success.
"Our badges, no size difference out here. You can see the co-mingling of law enforcement at a state level, at a county level and at a city level. You see no difference. You have to look very closely at the badge to see the difference, and that's the way we want it," Weaver said.
"Because of this cooperation, It was very successful. I just wanted everyone to know this is not the first time this is going to happen. As long as there are drugs and operations like this in Carter County, we are going to be there," Sheriff Ken Grace said.
"The people who are doing drugs around this part of the state better be prepared for that because we are a team. We are not just out there doing turf wars against ourselves. We are after all of them together," Ardmore Police Chief Keith Mann said.
As of now authorities are still searching for three suspects. Those arrested are facing charges of distribution of cocaine.