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Oklahoma Seizes $500 Million In Weed, Busts Untaxed Operation

The raids shut down nine grow farms, issued warrants for or jailed 13 people, and seized half a billion dollars in weed

Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics

Agents with the Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics turned a year-long investigation into untaxed marijuana into a major bust Tuesday.

OBN initiated an 8 a.m. coordinated raid involving a multi-site untaxed Cannabis operation, reports KFOR.

Officials said they served 12 search warrants at nine different farms in southern Oklahoma. And they also served warrants on three other buildings connected to the group.

The raids shut down nine grow farms, issued warrants for or jailed 13 people, and seized half a billion dollars worth of weed. Agents claimed they seized about 100,000 plants and 200,000 pounds of marijuana, reports KJRH.

The bust was one of the biggest Oklahoma has ever seen, reports KOCO.

Narcs Claim A Dozen Locations Connected

OBN spokesman Mark Woodward claimed more than 200 state, federal and local law enforcement officers executed search warrants and arrest warrants early Tuesday morning. The warrants were served at a dozen locations across the state tied to an ongoing investigation, reports KXII.

“For over a year, OBN has been targeting numerous individuals and organizations that have moved to Oklahoma from out-of-state and used fraudulent business structures and ‘ghost owners’ to obtain their Oklahoma Medical Marijuana licenses,” Woodward claimed.

OBN claimed they believe the farms are all connected, even if not directly.

Here’s Who Got It

According to OBN, some of the farms raided are:

  • 594 Bear Hollow, Wilson, OK (Big Buddha Farms)
  • 13481 Sartin RD, Madill, OK (M Green Farms)
  • 25720 Batson RD, Burneyville, OK (KYY Farms)
  • 805 Anshultz, Wilson, OK (Soft Green Farms)

“Blending In, Yet Breaking The Rules”

“Something the Bureau of Narcotics has undertaken for the past year now is focusing on groups that have come to Oklahoma, have tried to take advantage of Oklahoma’s medical marijuana program by blending in, but yet breaking the rules and committing a number of criminal violations,” Woodward claimed.

Residential properties in Edmond, Norman and Mustang were targeted as well as farms across the state.

Investigators claim the farms involved were responsible for transporting Cannabis that was grown legally in Oklahoma across state lines. They claim the states include California, North Carolina, Missouri, Indiana, and Texas.

“This Is A Great Day For Law And Order In Oklahoma”

“This is a great day for law and order in Oklahoma,” crowed Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt.

Stitt, clearly excited by the prospect of getting political credit for the bust, sounded just about ready to go full Tough Guy.

“Just two weeks ago in my State of the State, I told Oklahomans that bad actors have no place in Oklahoma,” Stitt foamed. ”I said we will find them, we will hunt them down, and we will bring them to justice.”

Bureau Bigly Busts Big Buddah

The largest farm involved in the raid was Big Buddha Farm in Wilson, Oklahoma.

OBN Director Donnie Anderson added that farm spanned 80 acres and 500 buildings. 

“This is a pretty good sized drug trafficking operation,” Anderson claimed. ”The nine that we did today are all connected and it’s part of this organization that’s responsible for moving tons and tons of marijuana out of Oklahoma and into other states.”

“She Was Kind Of A Broker”

OBN said a woman named Xiumeng Lyu was one of the investigation’s main targets. She’s now in Carter County jail.

“She was kind of a broker and she was responsible for moving a lot of money though our investigation,” Woodward claimed.

Cops had arrested four more people as of Tuesday afternoon. Shi Yang is now in the Stephens County Jail. Nan Weng is in Canadian county custody. Dean Zheng is in the Cleveland County Jail. And Will Chen is in Marshall County custody. 

Eight other individuals also have outstanding warrants in Oklahoma.

“I Want To Make Sure That This Serves As A Warning”

“We are sending a clear and powerful message today that Oklahoma is not a safe haven for criminals who think they can hide behind a Medical Marijuana license,” Anderson said.

“To our current OMMA licenses, I want to make sure that this serves as a warning,” said Oklahoma Medical Marijuana Authority Director Adria Berry.

”If you are engaging in criminal operations your actions will not go unnoticed.”

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