Seized

Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics Director Darrell Weaver stands in front of marijuana plants, some as high as eight feet tall.

The Ada News

Authorities seized and destroyed one of the largest cultivated marijuana growing operations in state history on Monday near Ada.

Approximately 6,000 high-quality marijuana plants with an estimated street value of $9 million were seized early Monday morning when law enforcement officers raided a marijuana-growing operation in a remote area about 15 miles north of Ada, Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics spokesman Mark Woodward said in a news release.

“Two weeks ago, OBN received information about a possible large marijuana growing operation in the area,” Woodward said. “After following up on the information, we identified approximately six different patches, each containing several hundred plants within a few hundred feet of each other.”

No arrests have been made, but evidence was seized from three different camp sites near the patches, Woodward said. He said the evidence will be used to identify those responsible for the marijuana-growing operation.

“Evidence found in the marijuana patch, including an identification card, would indicate we are looking for possibly five Hispanic males who are not from this area,” he said. “They likely scattered when agents made entry into the marijuana fields early this morning.”

“At this point, we can’t confirm any ties to the drug cartels, but this large operation near Ada certainly has many similarities to cartel patches we’ve seized in recent years,” he said.

The seizure stemmed from a significant multi-agency investigation over the past two weeks involving OBN, the Chickasaw Nation Light Horse Police Department and the District 22 Drug Task Force.

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