Text-A-Tip Leads To Enid Drug Bust

Friday, July 29th 2011, 5:21 pm
By: News 9


ENID, Oklahoma -- Using information provided to their Text-A-Tip program, Enid police reported raiding an east side home and arrested one suspect on complaints of cultivation and distribution of marijuana Thursday.

Michael Shane Bell, 33, was arrested at 743 N. 12th shortly before 4 p.m.  The police report stated officers found marijuana growing under lights, hydroponic planting containers and numerous components utilized in indoor marijuana cultivation.

Enid detectives obtained a search warrant for Bell's home after receiving a detailed text message describing an alleged marijuana cultivation and distribution operation.

"The Text-A-Tip program worked as it was designed to," said Capt. Dean Grassino.  "It was due to the information that the anonymous person provided that started the investigation and ultimately led to the arrest. It was due to their coming forward with the information that this drug operation was shut down."

Information that may lead to the arrest and conviction of any crime can be phoned in to Crime Stoppers at (580) 233-6233. Text tips can be texted from a cell phone by texting to 274637.  The word "Enid" should be typed in the subject field.

Tips can also be submitted via the internet by going to tipsoft.com.

Rewards of up to $1,000 may be made.  Those providing tips will not be required to testify and will not be identified.

Callers may also contact the Enid Police Department with information.