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Major meth ring shut down


SHAWNEE, Okla. — A major meth ring is now in shambles after authorities made numerous arrests Wednesday morning in Pottawatomie County.

Darrell Weaver, the director of The Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics, said, “We dismantled a major, major source of methamphetamine in this area.”

One by one, the suspects were brought in to a holding room.

Men and women, most hung their heads hiding from our cameras.

Linda Ellis was one of the top targets for authorities.

Richard Smotherman, Pottawatomie County District Attorney, said, “Our main targets were taking $30,000 every other day and purchasing two pounds of meth.”

She and eight others were found on a property along the western edge of Shawnee, along with a lot of evidence.

Smotherman said, “Several ounces of meth and several thousand dollars in cash from a woman who doesn’t have a job.”

The other main target, Stephen Faulkner, was taken into custody by U.S. Marshals in the Duncan area.

Though they weren’t the only arrests.

In all, 15 search warrants were served netting several arrests.

Pottawattomie County authoriities and the Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics said Wednesday’s raids are a big win for this community and our state.

Smotherman said, “We haven’t just disrupted it, we have shut it down.”

There were also several unrelated arrests made.

Authorities found several people in the homes that were raided who had outstanding warrants for other crimes.