OKC Graffiti arrest leads to large drug bust

OKLAHOMA CITY – Oklahoma City police say an arrest for illegal graffiti last year led to felony drug charges.

The bust included 36 pounds of marijuana and more than 15 thousand dollars in drug money.

The investigation started late last year when police arrested three people, Paul Yeakey, Victor Reyes and Hillary Gaby, for allegedly spray painting a business near 36th and N. Sante Fe.

That turned out to be just the beginning of a lengthy investigiation.

“It led them to a network of taggers,” said Oklahoma City police Captain Dexter Nelson.

Police say the three suspects are accused of vandalizing property in city’s all over the country, from Chicago to San Francisco and Stillwater.

“We know people travel the country for the notoriety of spray painting their name on something,” said Nelson.  “They thrive on getting their name out there.”

While the graffiti charges are only misdemeanors, Gaby and Yeakey are also facing felony drug charges in Tulsa county for allegedly trafficking a large ammount of marijuana.