Canadian County Deputies Bust Smuggling Operation In Missouri - News9.com - Oklahoma City, OK - News, Weather, Video and Sports |

NEWS: Crime

Canadian County Deputies Bust Smuggling Operation In Missouri

Posted: Updated:
Deputies were drawn to the 2004 Ford Explorer loaded at the rear of the transport trailer when they learned the vehicle was picked up in Los Angeles, California and headed to Monett, Missouri; while being registered in Colorado. Deputies were drawn to the 2004 Ford Explorer loaded at the rear of the transport trailer when they learned the vehicle was picked up in Los Angeles, California and headed to Monett, Missouri; while being registered in Colorado.
Methamphetamine bundles were found with a total weight of 19.5 kilos, or approximately 42.9 pounds, with an estimated street value in excess of 2.3 million dollars. Methamphetamine bundles were found with a total weight of 19.5 kilos, or approximately 42.9 pounds, with an estimated street value in excess of 2.3 million dollars.
A substantial amount of US currency was also found. A substantial amount of US currency was also found.
CANADIAN COUNTY, Oklahoma -

Canadian County deputies break up a drug smuggling operation out of Missouri.

Deputies discovered an illegal load of drugs being smuggled in a vehicle loaded on a parked car hauler at the TA Truck Stop on Morgan Road near I-40. Deputies were drawn to the 2004 Ford Explorer loaded at the rear of the transport trailer when they learned the vehicle was picked up in Los Angeles, California and headed to Monett, Missouri; while being registered in Colorado.

After consent to enter the vehicle was obtained, a search revealed that a false compartment to the rear passenger area of the vehicle had been made. Deputies were able to access the false compartment where 15 bundles of illegal drugs believed to be methamphetamines were located. The bundles weighed 1.3 kilos each for a total weight of 19.5 kilos, or approximately 42.9 pounds, with an estimated street value in excess of 2.3 million dollars.

As task force members with the U. S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), the Canadian County Sheriff's Office was able to coordinate a controlled delivery of the narcotics to their intended destination in Missouri. 

Upon arrival to Monet, Missouri the Ford Explorer was released to a Hispanic male who paid the shipping fees and took possession of the vehicle. The task force followed the vehicle to a home in a residential area of Monett where the subject was met by other Hispanic men. During the search of the property, more methamphetamines were located along with firearms, a substantial amount of US currency and documents related to the trafficking of the narcotics.

"It appears this was a long running operation involving the use of unsuspecting Semi drivers to transport the vehicles containing the narcotics cross country," said Randall R. Edwards, Canadian County Sheriff. "The group was using sophisticated concealment methods to ensure the safe transit of the narcotics and seems to have utilized the small town of Monett due its rural location with a large immigrant population."

In all, six individuals were booked into the Monett City Jail pending transfer to a Federal Detention Center to await trial on charges of Trafficking Narcotics, Conspiracy to Traffic Narcotics, Money Laundering and Weapons related charges.

  • NewsMore>>

  • New Comedy Series 'Black Jesus' Stirs Controversy

    New Comedy Series 'Black Jesus' Stirs Controversy

    The TV show is called "Black Jesus" and it's coming to the Adult Swim channel in August. The show is based in Compton, California, and includes a foul-mouthed Savior. The TV show is called "Black Jesus" and it's coming to the Adult Swim channel in August. The show is based in Compton, California, and includes a foul-mouthed Savior.
    A new comedy series coming to TV is spreading anger among plenty of people, including a lot of folks right here in Oklahoma. In fact, one group says the show is "violently" offensive.More >>
    A new comedy series coming to TV is spreading anger among plenty of people, including a lot of folks right here in Oklahoma. In fact, one group says the show is "violently" offensive.More >>
  • FBI Defends Search For Oklahoma City Bombing Video

    FBI Defends Search For Oklahoma City Bombing Video

    File photo.File photo.
    The FBI thoroughly searched its archives and found no evidence that more videos of the Oklahoma City bombing exist, agency employees told a judge Monday in a trial that has rekindled questions about whether any others were involved in the 1995 attack.More >>
    The FBI thoroughly searched its archives and found no evidence that more videos of the Oklahoma City bombing exist, agency employees told a judge Monday in a trial that has rekindled questions about whether any others were involved in the 1995 attack.More >>

Live Radar

ESP Interactive

Featured On News9.com

  • Consumer Watch

    Been a victim of a scam? The Consumer Watch team investigates and gives helpful advice.

  • Local News

    Get the latest breaking news, current events and headlines effecting Oklahomans.

  • My 2 Cents

    Join Kelly Ogle in a community conversation about important Oklahoma issues.

  • 9 Investigates

    Are you aware of incidents of fraud, corruption, government waste? We investigate.

Powered by WorldNow
News 9
7401 N. Kelley Ave.
Oklahoma City, OK 73111
OKLAHOMA CITY'S OWN TM
Oklahoma's Own News9.com is proud to provide Oklahomans with timely and relevant news and information, sharing the stories, pictures and loves of Oklahomans across our great state including Oklahoma City's Own.
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014, WorldNow and KWTV. All Rights Reserved. For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.