Oklahoma authorities arrest 90 on drug charges

Muskogee, Oklahoma (AP) 10-07

Authorities on during October announced the arrest of about 90 people in east-central Oklahoma on drug-related charges after an effort dubbed “Operation Sixkiller.”

Two Oklahoma-based U.S. attorneys, Sheldon Sperling and David O’Meilia, joined other officials in discussing the operation, which they said targeted the suppliers of methamphetamine, cocaine, crack cocaine and marijuana in and around the Creek Indian gaming facilities and Indian lands located in Muskogee, McIntosh and Okmulgee counties.

A mobile enforcement team from the federal Drug Enforcement Administration deployed to Muskogee on Feb. 1 as part of the operation, which lasted almost eight months. Sperling said such teams are deployed when requested by local communities and provide assistance to local authorities in addressing significant drug-trafficking areas.

Twenty law enforcement agencies – from the federal, state and local levels – assisted in the investigation and in making arrests, most of which occurred in and around Muskogee, Okmulgee and Tulsa, Sperling said.

The targets of the operation included leaders of an organization planted in the area by a street gang in Muskogee known as the “107 Hoover Crips.” Other Crips and Bloods gangs in Okmulgee County, which officials said have been linked to numerous homicides, also were targeted.

Sperling said authorities seized more than 725 grams of methamphetamine, 345.2 grams of cocaine powder, 500 grams of crack cocaine, 255 grams of marijuana as well as smaller amounts of ecstasy, Xanax and hydrocodone tablets.

“This successful investigation would not have been possible without the team attitude displayed by all of the local, state and federal police agencies,” Sperling said. “Both state and federal prosecutors were very supportive of the planned operation and have been involved in the decision-making process from the start.”

Sperling said 17 of those arrested face federal charges while the rest will be prosecuted in state courts. Among the charges filed is possession with intent to distribute controlled substances.

“This operation highlights our combined commitment to bring to justice those violent criminal drug-trafficking organizations that have plagued this region of Oklahoma,” said James L. Capra, the special agent in charge of the Drug Enforcement Administration’s Dallas field division. “This is a reminder that the cities, towns and streets of Oklahoma do not belong to drug traffickers.”