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The Daily Ardmoreite
  • Busted: Texoma drug bust includes 11 arrests in Ardmore

  • As the still of dawn gave way to doors being pounded on, it became painfully aware for a group of targeted individuals that it was not a bad dream. It was the beginning of a bad day. As the sun began its ascent into the sky, the curtain came down on 11 alleged drug dealers who were placed un...
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  • As the still of dawn gave way to doors being pounded on, it became painfully aware for a group of targeted individuals that it was not a bad dream. It was the beginning of a bad day.
     
    As the sun began its ascent into the sky, the curtain came down on 11 alleged drug dealers who were placed under arrest. An Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotic Operation, code named Crack Pot, took place in Carter County, Dallas and Oklahoma City targeting a ring of dealers that moved powder cocaine and crack cocaine up I-35.
     
    Those arrested in Ardmore had the undivided attention of the state, as OBN Director Darrell Weaver was on-hand to oversee search and arrest warrants. The Carter County Sheriff’s Department, Ardmore Police Department, Lone Grove Police Department and Chickasaw Lighthorse Police Department assisted OBN agents. 
     
    Weaver, a former Ardmore OBN agent, was hopeful the bust would be a deterrent in the future for those seeking to set up a drug operation in Ardmore.
     
    “The word dismantle is the key here,” Weaver said. “You take the source and then the veins around the primary source. It takes thorough investigation and, today, these people will be disrupted. Hopefully, it will take months until they regroup.”
     
    Information for the operation was gathered by undercover agents, technological and manual surveillance. OBN targeted Darrius Dajuan Cohee, 37, as the main source of the trafficking. Agents expected Cohee to be in Oklahoma City but he was located in Ardmore and was the first suspect taken into custody.
     
    Also arrested in the early morning roundup were Tiesha Anderson, 29; Felecia Faye Brown, 49; Omar Cole, 40; Nan Hamilton, 51; Thomas Jr. “TJ” Hamilton, 30; Anthony Herbert, 40; Robert Kessee, 33; Latoria Perry, 30; and Bruce Jr. “Shoeshine” Shannon, 29. Wendell Cohee, 58, was also arrested on an outstanding warrant during the roundup.
    All are facing a variety of charges, which include distribution of cocaine and conspiracy to distribute cocaine. All of the defendants were transported to Oklahoma City and booked into Oklahoma County Jail and will face charges in Oklahoma County.
     
    Weaver said the group had been in operation for over 10 years and was responsible for moving kilos of cocaine from Dallas, through Ardmore to Oklahoma City.
     
    “This group has been in business for many, many years reaping economic gain while they distribute their pain through the sale of cocaine,” Weaver said. “Make no mistake, these are homegrown terrorists who want to destroy lives and create havoc among families in Oklahoma. We must be vigilant and relentless in our enforcement actions against these low life drug dealers of society. I am very proud of the dedicated law enforcement professionals who put their selves in peril for what is right against this foe.”
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    Members of the Carter County Drug Task Force and Ardmore SWAT team took part in the round-up which began at 6 a.m. Different teams served warrants throughout Ardmore and attempted to serve one in the Kenny Edition in Lone Grove. In all, 11 of the 14 warrant were served by 8:30 a.m.
     
    Those with outstanding warrants are Samika Harris, 36; Marcellus Smith, 42; and Jamontra “Montra” Willis, 33.
     
    “The Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics has been doing an undercover operation for several months,” Sheriff Ken Grace said. “They notified us and asked for our help in rounding up the suspects. A lot of good things can happen like this when we have cooperation between our agencies. This is not the first time this has happened and it won’t be the last as long as there are  drugs in Carter County.”
     
    In total, 24 individuals were targeted in the operation. Weaver said at least one pound of cocaine had been confiscated in a search warrant in Oklahoma City Tuesday morning. There were six search warrants served in addition to the 25 arrest warrants. Two of the search warrants were for residences in Ardmore and one in Lone Grove.
     
    “Hopefully this will slow down the drug trade,” Ardmore Police Chief Keith Mann said. “The only problem is when you take someone down, someone will take their place. That’s why you don’t relax and we know who a lot of those people are and there are investigations taking place.”
     
    Mann credited both Weaver and Grace for their efforts to help the Ardmore PD in its war on drugs. Weaver, whose history in Ardmore goes back to when he was an agent, was ecstatic about the opportunity to return and facilitate the agency’s mission of taking drugs off the street.
     
    “I have great personal satisfaction in coming back,” Weaver said. “I have a lot of friends here. While I work for 77 counties, I have to admit it’s great coming home and there is a great personal satisfaction to take people down.”

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