Randy Mitchell Special Correspondent
Stonewall — A massive amount of methamphetamine, guns and cash was seized by a task force Monday at a residence near Stonewall.
The raid was conducted at 21371 County Road 3 Drive, the residence of husband and wife Christopher and Jennifer Baxter, Pontotoc County Sheriff John Christian said. Christopher Baxter, 33, and Jennifer Baxter, 29, were arrested on suspicion of numerous drug-related infractions.
A search warrant was served in the afternoon by a District 22 multi-jurisdictional task force, which consisted of agents from the District Attorney’s office; Pontotoc County sheriff’s deputies; agents from the Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics and Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation; Ada police; Chickasaw Lighthorse police and Oklahoma Highway Patrol troopers.
“The search warrant was served after a month-long investigation of Christopher and Jennifer Baxter,” Deputy Curtis Kennedy wrote in a report.
Kennedy said methamphetamine with a street value of about $40,000 was discovered at the residence. Other items seized included 23 guns, just over $2,000 in cash, a motorcycle, two all-terrain vehicles, a pickup and a car.
“As always, I’m very pleased. The guys did a good job with the information they had,” Christian said. “It’s awesome to get that much methamphetamine off the street and that many guns off the street. The task force and all parties involved are doing an awesome job.
“This is one of the largest busts that I can remember. In 26 years (in Pontotoc County law enforcement), if there have been bigger ones, I don’t remember them. In this county, this is a major haul, a major hit to drug trafficking. I think it will put a dent in some of the crime that’s out in the county. I truly believe 90 percent of all crime activity we deal with is drug and alcohol related, so I think this will certainly help.”
Christopher and Jennifer Baxter were charged Wednesday in District Court with trafficking in methamphetamine, distribution of methamphetamine, conspiracy to traffic methamphetamine possession of a firearm in the commission of a felony. They are being held at the Pontotoc County Justice Center on $500,000 bond each. They are due back in court Sept. 4, Christian said.