DA Task Force Arrests 6 After Shawnee Drug Raid


Wednesday, May 20th 2020, 9:35 pm
By: Bonnie Campo


POTTAWATOMIE COUNTY -

Investigators executed an enormous search warrant and drug raid in Shawnee Wednesday morning.

Only News 9 was on scene as police seized evidence and confronted the suspect who has been identified as Larry McVey.

Investigators said McVey owns both a used car lot and rental properties.

They believe he allegedly laundered tens of thousands of dollars through those businesses to support the drug enterprise.

Pottawatomie County District Attorney Allan Grubb said his task force discovered McVey was running the opioid ring for about 3 years and resold illegally obtained prescriptions.

Witnesses watched police serve those warrants Wednesday morning from their front lawns.

One property was McVey’s own home.

“About 6 a.m., you could hear police. There was cars everywhere, sirens,” said Sandie Rogers, a neighbor.

Agents with the DEA, Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics, DA Task Force, and many other police departments hit four different locations.

Investigators said McVey had recently been released from the hospital and was bedridden when they arrived.

They report he sold thousands of pills—mostly Lortab and OxyContin.

“Between 10 and 20 individuals were working for him. They are connected through his rental properties and his car lot,” said Grubb.

Grubb said those businesses served as fronts for the opioid ring.

One witness, who lives behind the car lot, said the drug sales were practically in her own backyard, and she knew something seemed off.

“I never saw people coming or going, looking at vehicles or test driving, on anything,” said Ashley Austin, a witness.

All of that dust-covered property will now become evidence against McVey.

Six people were taken into custody, but no names have been released.

The investigation could still go deeper.

“This is what it’s all about, doing enough to make a difference,” said Grubb.

McVey won’t be jailed at this point because of his extreme medical condition.

Though, officials said he will be monitored by police.

Charges are expected to be filed later in the case.

Drone footage was provided by the Pottawatomie County Sheriff’s Office.

McVey’s photo was provided by the district attorney.