A joint investigation led by local agencies resulted in an arrest Tuesday night — and removed several thousand dollars worth of meth from the streets in Carter and Love counties.
Love County Sheriff Marty Grisham and Carter County Sheriff Chris Bryant announced Wednesday morning in a joint press conference that their agencies, working in conjunction with the Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics and the Light Horse Police Department, arrested Justin Blake Jones, of Ardmore, and confiscated approximately 150 grams of meth, with a street value of about $15,000.
The investigation began about a week ago in Carter County when officers from the Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics, working on tips, became aware that Jones might be in possession of a large amount of meth.
They made contact with Jones on Tuesday evening and made arrangements to meet in the Lake Murray area for a buy. The Carter County Sheriff’s Department notified officials in Love County that the activity would be crossing county lines.
The Bureau of Narcotics officers, along with both sheriff’s departments and the Light Horse Police officers coordinated to be in place, and arrested Jones without incident.
For both sheriffs this was a huge success.
“This is proof of a collaborative effort,” said Bryant. “Because we have the same common goal, we have an understanding to work together and help each other.”
“We work well together and don’t let county boundaries block us,” Grisham said, “and because of that we were able to get a substantial amount of drugs off the streets.”
“This won’t get rid of our drug problem,” said Bryant, “but it will slow it down.”
Jones was charged with felony trafficking in illegal drugs and misdemeanor possession of controlled substance.
Jones had previously pled guilty or no contest to two drug-related misdemeanor charges in Carter County – one count each unlawful possession of CDS-methamphetamine and marijuana and unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia in April 2018 and one count of unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia in July 2018.
Jones is set for initial appearance before Love County Associate District Judge T. Todd Hicks on Wednesday morning.
Further information will be reported as it becomes available.