Operation Six-Killer Nets 90 Arrests in Oklahoma
MUSKOGEE, OKLAHOMA – James L. Capra, Special Agent in Charge of the Dallas Field Division’s Drug Enforcement Administration and Sheldon J. Sperling, United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Oklahoma announced the arrest of 90 people on drug related charges in East Central Oklahoma. Seventeen defendants will be prosecuted federally in the northern and eastern districts of Oklahoma . Charges filed include possession with intent to distribute controlled substances.
On November 27, 2006, the United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Oklahoma, Sheldon J. Sperling, requested a Drug Enforcement Administration’s Mobile Enforcement Team (MET) deployment to target the suppliers of methamphetamine, cocaine, crack cocaine, and marijuana in and around the Creek Indian Gaming Facilities and Indian lands located in Muskogee, McIntosh, and Okmulgee Counties in east central Oklahoma. The deployment to Muskogee commenced on February 1, 2007 .
Over 725 grams of methamphetamine, 345.2 grams of Cocaine powder, 500 grams of Crack Cocaine, 255 grams of Marijuana, 2.6 grams ecstasy tablets, 8.8 grams xanax tablets, and 10.9 grams hydrocodone tablets have been seized during this investigation. Six weapons were also seized or purchased during this deployment
The federal targets represent the leaders of an organization planted here in east central Oklahoma by a street gang in Muskogee known as the “107 Hoover Crips.” The “Crips” and the “Bloods” in Okmulgee County were also targets of this investigation. These gangs are extremely dangerous and violent organizations that have been linked to numerous homicides in the region.
“This operation highlights our combined commitment to bring to justice those violent criminal drug trafficking organizations that have plagued this region of Oklahoma ,” said James L. Capra, Special Agent in Charge of the Dallas Field Division of the Drug Enforcement Administration. “This is a reminder that the cities, towns, and streets of Oklahoma do not belong to drug traffickers and we will continue to enforce the rule of law to make Oklahoma communities safer.”
“This successful investigation would not have been possible without the ‘team attitude’ displayed by all of the local, state, and federal police agencies. Both state and federal prosecutors were very supportive of the planned operation and have been involved in the decision-making process from the start,” reported U.S. Attorney Sperling.
Ninety defendants have been charged, and others will be charged, as a direct result of this investigation. Many of those charged were arrested early this morning in and around Muskogee , Okmulgee , and Tulsa , Oklahoma . Several were already in custody on charges that were filed earlier, and some were in various jails on other charges.
The Mobile Enforcement Team (MET) deploys upon request from local communities to partner with local agencies to bring federal, state and local resources together to address significant drug trafficking areas and to dismantle drug trafficking organizations. The DEA established the MET initiative in 1995 to assist local agencies that may not have the staff, money, and prosecution strength necessary to stop sophisticated narcotics operations. By working with these agencies to target organizations causing drug related violence and arrest key individuals for methamphetamine trafficking, MET has helped reduce violence in hundreds of communities across America .
U.S. Attorney Sperling further observed, “Operation Six-killer combines the Eastern District’s Project Safe Neighborhoods and Anti-Gang initiatives and Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Forces (OCDETF) program to target our most serious drug and gun offenders for federal prosecution. We simultaneously bring local, state, and federal authorities to bear upon dangerous street criminals. Today, through this coordinated effort, approximately 90 drug dealers were arrested for state and federal prosecution. After nearly eight months of intense, cooperative, undercover activity, this operation stands as an example of what can be accomplished when agents at all levels of government work together for the good of their communities.”
Larry Moore, District Attorney for District 15, Muskogee County , commented, “I am pleased to have supported this effort to remove these dangerous drug dealers from our county. Our new commitment to partner with other state and federal agencies to target offenders has borne fruit in this effort. It is something you can expect from this D.A.’s office in the future.”
“This initiative, led by the DEA, exemplifies the ability of federal, state, and local agencies to combine resources to address the insidious problem of dangerous drugs and the myriad of related problems caused by drug trafficking,” stated United States Attorney David O’Meilia, Northern District of Oklahoma.
“OSBI is proud to have contributed in the investigation and arrests of those suspects involved in Operation Sixkiller. This operation serves as an example of how law enforcement works together to stamp out crime in Oklahoma ,” OSBI Director DeWade Langley said.
John W. Loyd, United States Marshal for the Eastern District of Oklahoma stated, “We are committed to apprehending violent offenders and we welcome the opportunity to assist the Muskogee Police Department, DEA, and the other agencies. This is a very worthy endeavor which I believe will have a noticeable and positive impact on our community, and a significant negative impact on the criminal element. As a result, the United States Marshal’s office in Eastern Oklahoma has eagerly thrown its total support into Operation Sixkiller.”
Agencies assisting in the investigation and round-up with DEA’s Dallas-based MET were the District 25 District Attorney’s Drug Task Force, District 15 District Attorney’s Office, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (BATFE), Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA), Internal Revenue Service (IRS), Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation (OSBI), Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics (OBN), Oklahoma Highway Patrol (OHP), Muskogee County Sheriff’s Office, Muskogee Police Department, Okmulgee County Sheriff’s Office, Okmulgee Police Department, Tulsa County Sheriff’s Office, Tulsa Police Department, Owasso Police Department, Sapulpa Police Department, Broken Arrow Police Department, and the Henryetta Police Department. These Law Enforcement Officers conducted surveillance, made undercover drug purchases, executed search and arrest warrants, and used other investigative techniques to gather the evidence needed for indictment and prosecution.
Assistant United States Attorney Rob Wallace represents the government in the Eastern District of Oklahoma. Assistant United States Attorney Allen Litchfield represents the government in the Northern District of Oklahoma.
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