PONTOTOC COUNTY, OK - State and local law enforcement teamed up Monday to shut down one of the biggest marijuana grow operations in Oklahoma history.
Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics spokesman Mark Woodward says around 6,000 "high quality" marijuana plants worth an estimated $9 million on the street were seized and destroyed Monday morning in a remote area about 15 miles north of Ada.
“Two weeks ago, OBN received information about a possible large marijuana growing operation in the area. 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 that will be used to identify those responsible for the marijuana growing operation was seized this morning from 3 different camp sites near the patches.
“Evidence found in the marijuana patch, including an identification card, would indicate we are looking for possibly 5 Hispanic males who are not from this area. They likely scattered when Agents made entry into the marijuana fields early this morning,” Woodward said.
Over the past 3 years, Woodward says OBN has seized several similar growing operations around Oklahoma headed by Mexican cartels.
“At this point, we can’t confirm any ties to the drug cartels, but this large operation near Ada certainly has many similarities to cartel patches we’ve seized in recent years.”
Woodward says this was a significant multiagency investigation over the past 2 weeks involving OBN, the Chickasaw Nation Light Horse Police Department, and the District 22 Drug Task Force.