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 SHAWNEE — In one of the state’s largest rural  drug busts, law enforcement officers arrested 33 people Wednesday and broke up a  narcotics ring that imported methamphetamine by the pound from a Mexican drug  cartel, authorities said.

 

photo - Shawnee patrolman A. Bizzell brings a suspect into the vo-tech center to be processed while a fellow officer removers another suspect from a patrol car in the background. Law enforcement personnel representing various municipal, county and state agencies spread out across multiple counties in central Oklahoma to arrest up to 40 individuals in a sweep that officials said targeted a substantial methamphetamine distribution network on Wednesday, June 27, 2012. Suspects were brought to the Gordon Cooper Vocational-Technical Center where they were processed before being taken to jail. Photo by Jim Beckel, The Oklahoman

Shawnee patrolman A. Bizzell brings a suspect into the  vo-tech center to be processed while a fellow officer removers another suspect  from a patrol car in the background. Law enforcement personnel representing  various municipal, county and state agencies spread out across multiple counties  in central Oklahoma to arrest up to 40 individuals in a sweep that officials  said targeted a substantial methamphetamine distribution network on Wednesday,  June 27, 2012. Suspects were brought to the Gordon Cooper Vocational-Technical  Center where they were processed before being taken to jail.

Two of those arrested, Shawnee residents Linda Ellis, 48, and Steve Faulkner,  53, brought in as much as 6 pounds of methamphetamine a week, Pottawatomie  County District Attorney Richard Smothermon. Depending on how the drug is cut,  it could generate about $10,000 per pound.

Suspect Linda Ellis is questioned after being arrested. Law enforcement personnel representing various municipal, county and state agencies spread out across multiple counties in central Oklahoma to arrest up to 40 individuals in a  sweep that officials said targeted a substantial methamphetamine distribution network on Wednesday, June 27, 2012.  Suspects were brought to the Gordon Cooper Vocational-Technical Center where they were processed before being taken to jail.  Photo by Jim Beckel, The Oklahoman
 Suspect Linda Ellis is questioned after being  arrested. Law enforcement personnel representing various municipal, county and  state agencies spread out across multiple counties in central Oklahoma to arrest  up to 40 individuals in a  sweep that officials said targeted a substantial  methamphetamine distribution network on Wednesday, June 27, 2012.  Suspects were  brought to the Gordon Cooper Vocational-Technical Center where they were  processed before being taken to jail.

 

About 125 officers from various agencies began serving arrest warrants Wednesday morning for  complaints of drug distribution and conspiracy to traffic drugs. About 4 pounds  of methamphetamine and $30,000 cash were seized. Most of the warrants were for  people in Lincoln and Pottawatomie counties. Their names were not released  Wednesday.

Local residents watched as officers took people into custody.

“It was an exciting morning,” Bob Fincher said outside his flower shop in Shawnee. Across the street,  burly officers pulled people out of a house, handcuffed them and placed them on  the ground in the front yard.

“We’ve seen a lot of activity at that house with a lot of people coming and  going. I’m glad something was done,” Fincher said.
 

 

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