66 Pounds Of Meth Seized From OKC Home

Wednesday, August 15th 2012, 10:28 pm
By: News 9

Federal and city officials have disrupted a lucrative drug operation in Oklahoma City.

Police say they have taken large quantities of meth and drug dollars off the streets after an undercover investigation.

A search warrant filed in district court Tuesday was executed on what investigators are calling a "stash house" at 9010 N. Rockwell Drive in Oklahoma City. A stash house is location where drugs are funneled in and out.

"I'm surprised it happened across the street," said neighbor Sharon Miller. "I had no idea."

Miller saw officials execute the search warrant on the home. From her front lawn, she can see the home at the center of the investigation. Oklahoma City police officers and agents with the FBI and DEA had been spying on the home on the northwest side using wire taps, and following suspects with GPS devices, according to court documents.

"When you can identify and take these people out, it can really cripple a cell group tied to one of these cartels," Mark Woodward with the Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics said.

Inside the home, officials found more than 66 pounds of methamphetamine.

"It is a very significant amount to be seized by law enforcement," Woodward said.

According to the search warrant, officials also seized $323,400 in United States currency. Investigators believe Iran Juan Zamarripa is the key player in the operation and used the home to store the meth.

"They don't keep these large shipments around very long, so it's very fortunate for law enforcement to get such a large seizure," Woodward said.

Officials say Zamarripa used the El Lagunero car wash at 2418 S.W. 59th Street, to distribute much of the stash. Authorities say meth would be sold at the McDonald's at S.E. 44th Street and Shields.

Miller, who is a long-time resident of the neighborhood at the heart of the investigation, says she is taking the news in stride.

"My daughter is worried about me living here but I'm not," Miller said.

Experts say Oklahoma is an attractive location for drug trafficking because of our central location and major Interstates.The Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics says it is seeing more large meth loads in the state.