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Police find $160,000 drug stash in Oklahoma home

On July 2, authorities busted a large drug distribution operation running out of a Stillwater home. It was reportedly one of the largest drug busts ever conducted in the city.

According to the Stillwater Police Department, the bust was initiated when officers spotted a man with a known drug history leaving a residence on the 3000 block of S. West Street, and police executed a traffic stop for a moving violation. During the stop, officers searched the vehicle and allegedly found more than 2,000 hits of LSD. They arrested the driver and used the drug evidence to obtain a search warrant for the residence. During a search of the home, officers uncovered a huge stash of drugs worth an estimated $160,000. As a result, the occupant of the home, a 25-year-old man, was taken into custody.

Debates return about mandatory minimum sentences

Oklahoma and federal mandatory minimum sentences have returned to headlines in recent weeks.

An Oklahoma bill banning life-without-parole sentences for juvenile defendants failed in the state senate earlier this year. Nationally, former Vice President Biden has been criticized for his previous support of mandatory minimum sentencing laws. Also, new Supreme Court Justice Gorsuch recently surprised many by siding with four more liberal justices to strike down a similar Texas statute.

Man pleads guilty to federal drug and gun charges

Federal prosecutors in Oklahoma have reported that a 29-year-old man has admitted to transporting significant quantities of methamphetamine and heroin across the U.S.-Mexico border. The Mexican national entered guilty pleas to narcotics and weapons charges in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Oklahoma on July 1.

The man was apprehended in December 2018 following an investigation by the Drug Enforcement Administration, the Tulsa Police Department and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. The operation was coordinated by the Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force. When they searched the man's apartment and rented storage space, officers and agents allegedly discovered two pounds of heroin, 17 pounds of methamphetamine and a number of firearms.

An overview and definition of domestic violence

Domestic violence is generally defined as abuse perpetrated by one family member on another family member. Incidents involving those who are dating or living together may also apply. Child abuse or spousal battery may be examples of domestic violence. Those who commit such an offense in Oklahoma or other states may face assault or battery charges depending on the exact circumstances of a case. Physical abuse is not the only form of domestic violence that could occur.

For instance, a person could be a victim of financial abuse if he or she becomes fiscally reliant on a spouse or other family member. Those who are constantly belittled or otherwise put down may be victims of emotional abuse. Individuals who are forced into sexual contact or sexual activity against their will may be victims of domestic violence. Of course, anyone who is hit, punched or slapped can press charges against the person who initiated the unwanted physical contact.

Eight arrested in Oklahoma marijuana bust

Oklahoma authorities recently arrested eight people for allegedly attempting to distribute over 100 grams of marijuana throughout the state. The arrests are the culmination of an investigation that began in September 2016.

According to local media, a 40-year-old man was the leader of a drug-trafficking ring that transported large quantities of marijuana from Colorado Springs to Oklahoma City. They then made plans to distribute it to various locations in Oklahoma. During the investigation, law enforcement officers executed six traffic stops targeting members of the group and confiscated nearly 280 pounds of high-grade marijuana.

Female employee of Oklahoma tribe charged with embezzlement

A recently released 19-page federal indictment has detailed accusations against a 44-year-old woman from Burnsville. She worked for a Native American tribe as the controller and eventually chief financial officer for some of the tribe's business entities that sought federal contracts. Investigators claim that she redirected tribal funds under the guise of loans or advances that were never repaid. She also gave herself performance bonuses. One totaled $22,500.

At her upcoming arraignment, she will have to respond to charges of theft from a tribal government that receives federal funds and conspiracy to commit theft or bribery. Additional charges of wire fraud and conspiracy to commit wire fraud in relation to programs receiving federal funds have been applied as well.

Two Oklahoma men charged with federal drug crimes

In late April, two defendants pleaded guilty to federal drug and firearms charges. The pleas were entered in the U.S. District Court of the Eastern District of Oklahoma.

According to media reports, the first defendant, a 40-year-old resident of Tahlequah, was accused of possessing methamphetamine with the intent to distribute and possessing a firearm and ammunition on or around Nov. 9. He was additionally charged with possession of methamphetamine with the intent to distribute on or about Feb. 17. As part of a plea deal, he pleaded guilty to two counts of possession of methamphetamine with the intent to distribute and being a felon in possession of a firearm and ammunition. If convicted, he could face up to 60 years in prison for the possession charges and 10 years in prison for the firearms charge. He could also be fined up to $250,000. The case was investigated by law enforcement agents from the Tahlequah Police Department, the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the District 27 Task Force.

Man accepts plea deal in Oklahoma marijuana distribution case

One of the couriers for a Tulsa man convicted of running an interstate marijuana distribution operation has accepted a plea deal. A news release from the region's U.S. attorney's office announced that the 54-year-old man entered a guilty plea for aiding a racketeering enterprise through interstate travel. He will be sentenced at his next court appearance. A judge could impose a fine as high as $250,000 and require up to five years behind bars.

The man originally transported cars for the ringleader, who eventually convinced him to transport marijuana to Oklahoma from the West Coast. A traffic stop near Omaha on July 30, 2018, resulted in his arrest after police reported finding 200 pounds of marijuana in his trailer. A U.S. attorney said that the suspect may get sentenced to federal prison for getting "caught up in the wrong game."

Oklahoma medical marijuana laws get overhaul

Marijuana laws around the country have been changing. Oklahoma is no different. In 2018, voters approved the legalization of cannabis for medical use. Since then, the marijuana landscape in this state has undergone rapid changes.

The changes continue, too. For instance, even though medical marijuana is legal, recent legislation has put additional limits on its possession and use.

Guilty pleas in college admissions scam

Oklahoma residents have probably heard about the college admissions scandal involving affluent families and might want to know more details. Several families have been charged in relation to allegations that they used practices like bribery and fraud to get their children into top U.S. colleges. Stars like Felicity Huffman and Lori Loughlin are among the parents involved, and Felicity Huffman is one of 14 defendants pleading guilty to honest services mail fraud and conspiracy to commit mail fraud.

The 56-year-old Huffman is an Oscar- and Academy Award-nominated actress, who starred in the TV shows "Desperate Housewives," "TransAmerica" and "American Crime." Huffman is now making headlines for allegedly paying $15,000 to cheat on a college entrance exam for her oldest daughter. Huffman and her husband, fellow actor William H. Macy, reportedly considered cheating again to get their youngest daughter into college but did not.

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