Oklahoma authorities seize hundreds of marijuana plants, nearly 1,000 pounds of pot, 4 firearms and make 2 arrests

Oklahoma authorities seize hundreds of marijuana plants, nearly 1,000 pounds of pot, 4 firearms and make 2 arrests

(As originally published with additional photos, Thu, October 5th 2023, 3:27 PM EDT; first article here)

HUGHES COUNTY, Okla. (TND) — Authorities in Oklahoma have been making some pretty large drug busts lately.

The latest was Tuesday in Hughes County.

The Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics said it seized 566 marijuana plants, 896 pounds of processed marijuana, and four firearms.

It was part of an investigation into a business cultivating and trafficking marijuana without an active registration.

Authorities did not say how the suspects, Jossue Madrigal and Salvador Madrigal, are related.

Each faces charges including illegal manufacturing of a controlled dangerous substance, trafficking a controlled dangerous substance, and being a former felon in possession of a firearm.

Oklahoma authorities seize hundreds of marijuana plants, nearly 1,000 pounds of pot, 4 firearms and make 2 arrests
Authorities in Hughes Co. seized 566 marijuana plants, 896 lbs. of processed pot, 4 firearms, and they made 2 arrests, Oct. 3, 2023. (Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics)

That bust came less than two weeks after they served a criminal search warrant in Stratford.

The Bureau of Narcotics had been investigating illegal marijuana sales and operating a marijuana farm with a registration obtained through fraud.

In that raid, they seized 15,400 plants and a gun, and made one arrest. The defendant has been identified as Mei Zhen Xu.

It came a day after Oklahoma Attorney General Gentner Drummond announced a new task force to tackle the issue of rampant illegal marijuana grow operations in the state.

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