Prosecutor defends use of private company in stops

By: From Wire Reports
By: From Wire Reports

DUNCAN, Okla. (AP) - An Oklahoma prosecutor is defending the use of a private training company in drug busts along Interstate 40 even though their employees are not state-certified law officers.

District Attorney Jason Hicks put the program on hold after a judge criticized it when he learned that a woman was stopped and questioned by a non-certified officer.

Hicks told The Duncan Banner that the instructors with Desert Snow have been commissioned as investigators by his office. Hicks says the training has helped seize marijuana, cocaine and about $1.3 million in cash from drug traffickers stopped on I-40 in Caddo County.

Hicks says the program - first reported on by The Oklahoman - is on hold and under review while he and his staff address claims that it is improper or even illegal.

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