Wednesday, May 01, 2024

Drug bust in Muskogee County finds 32k illegal marijuana plants, illegal immigrants

I'm not 100% sure, but I think the arrests may have been just around the corner from me the other day...

Drummond announces 32,000 illegal marijuana plants seized in law enforcement operation in Muskogee County

OKLAHOMA CITY (May 1, 2024) – Attorney General Gentner Drummond announced today that a series of busts in Muskogee County last week resulted in the seizure of approximately 32,000 unlawful marijuana plants, 5,000 pounds of untraceable processed pot, and six firearms. The inspections of several marijuana grow operations and dispensaries were a collaborative effort of the Attorney General’s Organized Crime Task Force, the Oklahoma Medical Marijuana Authority, the Muskogee County Sheriff’s Office, the Muskogee Police Department and the Muscogee (Creek) Nation Lighthorse.

Jinhe Chen, 47, was arrested on charges of aggravated manufacturing and trafficking (marijuana). In addition, multiple illegal immigrants from Central America were discovered working at an unlawful grow site but were not detained or deported by federal authorities.

“These actions are the latest example of my efforts to dismantle illegal drug trafficking operations that endanger our communities,” Drummond said. “I will continue to target and prosecute anyone associated with these dangerous criminal enterprises.”

He noted that the presence of undocumented workers at a grow site underscores the need for House Bill 4156, which Gov. Stitt signed into law yesterday. The bill will enable state law enforcement to arrest and incarcerate illegal immigrants.

Every person arrested or charged is presumed innocent unless and until convicted in a court of law.


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