Low-cost presumptive field tests in the hands of police officers regularly produce false positives that send people to jail on drug charges. A public defender working in Tulsa County said that about once a month she represents defendants arrested after the field tests produced false positives for suspected drug samples seized by police officers.
A 26-year-old Oklahoma woman faces a raft of felony charges linked to an allegedly stolen car and substances believed to be heroin and methamphetamine seized during the early morning hours of Oct. 9. The woman was taken into custody by Garfield County Sheriff's Office deputies after they said drug paraphernalia was discovered in her residence and illegal narcotics were allegedly found in the car she was driving. She has been charged with drug possession, possession of controlled dangerous substances, possession of a stolen vehicle and drug possession with the intent to distribute.
A 48-year-old Oklahoma man has been sentenced to six months of imprisonment to be followed by six months of home detention for acquiring illegal narcotics through deception and tampering/destroying evidence. The man will be placed on supervised release for two years after he is released from federal custody and completes his home detention. Prosecutors say that the man took advantage of his position as a Mayes County Sheriff's Office narcotics supervisor to obtain methamphetamine to support his drug habit. Reports of the sentence were published on August 3.
The Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics has reported that 21 individuals have been taken into custody following a multi-agency narcotics investigation. During the investigation, which began in November 2018, the bureau worked with the U.S. Marshals Service, the Lawton Police Department and the District Attorneys Council District III and District IV task forces. The investigation was launched after authorities received information about a methamphetamine distribution organization operating in Lawton, Oklahoma, and Wichita Falls, Texas.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
On Feb. 26, a man and a woman were arrested and charged with drug trafficking, according to an announcement by the Oklahoma attorney general. The defendants were allegedly stashing a large amount of drugs in their southeast Tulsa home.