Oklahoma Cops Bust Suspected Colorado Pot Operation

Wednesday, March 19th 2014, 5:47 pm
By: News 9

It appears Oklahoma law enforcement officers' fears are turning into a reality.

Bethany police busted a marijuana operation early Wednesday with help from the Oklahoma City Police Department. Officers say the drugs discovered may have originated in Colorado, where marijuana is now legal. Two people were arrested and sent to the Oklahoma County Jail.

The suspects, Sean David Quiroz and Katelyn Jean Gehrer, spent most of their Wednesday at the Bethany Police Department. A search warrant was issued on their northwest Oklahoma City home Wednesday morning.

"I looked through my window trying to figure out what was going on," neighbor Gabriella Lopez said. "[Gehrer] never locks the door from the front … so [officers] opened it."

Police tell News 9 they found a stolen gun and more than $22,000 in cash. Not much pot was left in a bag large enough to hold two gallons of the cannabis plant, according to officers.

"We found scales, baggies – everything to go with drug sales," Bethany police Det. Mark Girten said.

Detectives had been monitoring the pair ever since they received tip of suspicious activity, according to Girten. Police would not elaborate on the Colorado connection because it is part of their ongoing investigation.

Girten says officers are bracing themselves for more work ahead thanks to the state's northwestern neighbor.

"[Marijuana] will be easier to get and to bring back to Oklahoma," said Girten. "We're probably going to see more of it."

The investigation started in Bethany and led to Oklahoma City after police say the couple moved from the suburb to Oklahoma City's northwest side.