Years long investigation leads to drug bust, multiple arrests

Published: Mar. 25, 2021 at 5:00 PM CDT
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JOHNSTON COUNTY, Okla. (KXII) - A two-year investigation conducted by multiple Texoma law enforcement departments has led to multiple arrests, a seizure of a “large” amount of methamphetamine and a confiscation of nearly 70 firearms.

“Today, a community-based intelligence driven investigation was brought to bear,” said Johnston County Sheriff Gary Dodd.

Thursday morning the Johnston County Sheriff’s Office, along with several other departments, arrested 13 people. The arrests were made across Johnston and Marshall counties as well as in Ardmore and Durant.

Authorities say more arrests will come from this investigation.

“The most surprising thing is that we weren’t surprised,” said Sheriff Dodd.

Sheriff Dodd says his office first caught wind in 2019 when they heard about one suspect transporting meth.

“This office started getting information in 2019 about an individual that was moving methamphetamine into Johnston County from Marshall County,” said Dodd.

He said agencies in Marshall, Carter and Bryan counties funneled information to the Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics.

Together, they seized about 10 pounds of meth worth nearly $50,000, plus around 70 guns from a house in Wapanucka.

Dodd said more arrests are expected soon.

“We expect there to be at least at least 10 or more coming based on this investigation,” said Dodd.

Many of those arrested Thursday were well known to authorities with rich criminal histories like Trevor Brooks, who was arrested in Ardmore for first degree robbery.

“We’re doing the best we can with what we have, and we’re going to continue to be relentless in our pursuit of these criminals and take them off the street.”

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