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A large-scale methamphetamine bust was conducted across Pottawatomie County today (Wednesday) by a joint task force of officers. District Attorney Richard Smothermon said the scope of this operation was enormous.
“I’ve been doing this for 22 years,” Smothermon said. “This is by far the largest operation I’ve ever seen.”
Smothermon said the operation trafficked close to 20 pounds of methamphetamine over the 28 days the suspects were under surveillance.
The district attorney said authorities used information gained from a traffic stop to procure permission for a wire from the Oklahoma Department of Criminal Appeals.
“We have been, for the last 28 days, up on what’s called a wire, listening to the cell phone chatter of a couple of high target individuals,” Smothermon said.
Throughout the first 48 hours of the wire being open, Smothermon said the phones received more than 1,300 drug related phone calls..
Authorities then followed Linda Ellis and Steven Faulkner as they exchanged $30,000 for two pounds of meth every other day for those 28 days, Smothermon said.
Smothermon estimated the two moved close to 20 pounds of meth throughout the county during the period of wire surveillance.
The size of the operation caught authorities off guard.
“(It was) a whole lot bigger than we thought,” Smothermon said.
But the task force was up to the task, and this morning Faulkner was arrested in Duncan while on the job as a contractor for Rent-A-Center, Smothermon said.
Ellis was arrested in the parking lot of a Shawnee Dollar General, and nine others had been arrested at a residence near U.S. 177 and Leo Street.
In all, the task force will serve 38 arrest warrants and 14 search warrants, including what Smothermon said was the base of operations for Ellis and Faulkner at a Tecumseh residence, 802 N. 13th Street.
Tecumseh police were on the scene, in a trailer behind the Tecumseh residence located across the street from Tecumseh High School. The local police were joined by members of the state investigation team and the Pottawatomie County Sheriff’s Office.
Smothermon said the task force included Pottawatomie County Sheriffs, Shawnee police, United States Marshals, the Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics, Chandler police, Tecumseh police, and two national guard helicopters that were being used to track two targets.
Smothermon said the final count of drugs seized will not be available until later day in the day, but even as he was speaking an officer approached the district attorney to tell him investigators had found two more pounds of methamphetamine.


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