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Cracking down on organized crime: Oklahoma AG targets marijuana task force



Oklahoma Attorney General Gentner Drummond has recently announced the creation of an elite task force to address the rising threat of organized crime in our communities. Drawing inspiration from the legendary Untouchables of the Prohibition era, this team is determined to eradicate illegal marijuana grows and the criminal syndicates behind them.


In a press release, Drummond emphasized the urgency of this mission, highlighting the alarming influx of organized crime from Mexican drug cartels and Chinese crime syndicates. The task force, composed of about a dozen agents with diverse backgrounds in the military, DEA, FBI, and legal profession, will play a vital role in ensuring public safety and driving out criminals.


Comparable to the infamous Eliot Ness and his Untouchables, who brought down notorious mob boss Al Capone, this task force aims to relentlessly pursue and dismantle criminal networks. Stay tuned as they make history in their pursuit of justice.



A task force, comprised of the AG's Office, the Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs, and the Oklahoma Medical Marijuana Authority, has been established to investigate and shut down organized crime within the medical marijuana sector.


Under House Bill 2095, the OBNDD, Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation, and the AG's Office have been granted wide-ranging powers to enforce the state's medical marijuana laws. This includes the ability to subpoena business documents, conduct surprise inspections, seize and destroy illegal products, and form partnerships with other state agencies.


Since legalizing medical marijuana in 2018, Oklahoma has seen a significant increase in illegal activities such as human trafficking, cannabis cultivation, processing, and distribution.


In a recent operation, the OMMA, with the assistance of local law enforcement, raided five marijuana businesses in Kay County, seizing thousands of pounds of illegal product.


How the attorney general's task force will specifically operate is unclear, but its primary focus will be on combating organized crime. Individuals can report suspected illegal grow operations to illegalgrow@oag.ok.gov.



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