19 sought in drug raid


Law enforcement officers from four counties in Southwest Oklahoma spread out early this morning armed with arrest warrants for 19 individuals suspected of drug dealing, according to District Attorney John Wampler. The arrests were the culmination of several months of investigations and undercover purchases of illegal drugs by the District Three DA Drug and Violent Crime Task Force and the Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics.

According to Wampler, the officers had warrants for the arrest of 12 individuals in Jackson County, four in Tillman County, two in Harmon County and one in Greer County. All but two of the individuals were suspected of Distribution of a Controlled Dangerous Substance and the other two are charged with Possession of CDS.

Most of the arrests involved methamphetamine, but also included were marijuana and heroin.

As of 11 a.m. this morning, 13 of the suspects have been arrested and one other individual was arrested on an unrelated outstanding warrant. Not all of those arrested were booked in, so names of the individuals were not available at presstime. An update on those arrested, and those that are still being sought, will be in the Wednesday edition of the Altus Times.

Agencies involved in the early morning raid included the Task Force, OBNDD, Altus Police Department, Jackson County Sheriff’s Office, Tillman County Sheriff’s Office, Frederick Police Department, Harmon County Sheriff’s Office, Hollis Police Department, Granite Police Department and the Oklahoma Highway Patrol.

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