An early morning roundup woke up several suspected drug users and dealers today, in a county-wide sweep conducted by the District Attorney’s District 6 Violent Crimes Task Force, following a six month investigation in which confidential informants were used.
Stephens County DA Jason Hicks said about 30 individuals were on the list for arrests in the roundup that began around 6 a.m. and by 8 a.m. more than half were in custody. Affidavits for arrests for 24 individuals were provided by Hicks to The Banner today.
“It was a six month investigation into the sale of methamphetamines. The majority of these individuals have been selling,” Hicks said. About six of the individuals have not been arrested, but do have outstanding warrants, since all warrants have been filed with Stephens County District Court, Hicks said.
Suspects were arrested in Duncan, Comanche, Marlow, rural Stephens County and in the south end of Grady County around Rush Springs. They were transported to the Stephens County fairgrounds where they were processed before being taken to Stephens County Jail for booking. One of those individuals was a man who sold an ounce of meth for $1,600 to an undercover individual in May, outside the Bray General Store. Surveillance was conducted by an OBN agent from the Bray School Softball Field, according to the affidavit provided by Hicks. The affidavit also noted that the suspect told the informant more money was due.
Other arrests made were for distribution of marijuana, Oxycodone and Hydrocodone. Some of the transactions occurred in public places, including Abe Raizen Park in Duncan.
“We had an enormous amount of cooperation,” Hicks said. “It began in January with undercover work, in conjunction with Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics.” He credited Task Force Supervisor Justin Scott and investigator Lawson Guthrie for their work throughout the year leading up to today’s roundup.
Agencies involved were the DA’s office and Task Force, OBN, Federal Bureau of Investigations, Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigations, Stephens County Sheriff’s Office, Duncan Police Department, Marlow Police Department and Comanche Police Department.
There were also a few extra arrests made.
“We got a bonus,” said DPD Detective Bill Fitzhugh. “We were serving warrants on one and there was another individual standing there and Officer Mike Wilson recognized him from an outstanding warrant and we arrested that person.”
Hicks said he was pleased with the roundup, which also netted marijuana, other drugs, paraphernalia and money, including a large amount of unrolled quarters.
One of the individuals arrested was a young pregnant woman.
The processing of the individuals was done in a controlled room, manned by numerous law enforcement officers, at the Stephens County fairgrounds, and began at 6 a.m. and concluded about 9:15 a.m.
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