OKLAHOMA CITY – Law enforcement officers shut down an alleged pot pipeline between Colorado and Oklahoma.
Nine people from several states are now facing federal charges of conspiring to traffic large amounts of drugs.
Three of the nine suspects involved live in Oklahoma City.
Local law enforcement says the case also illustrates a larger problem.
Oklahoma Board of Narcotics spokesman Marc Woodward said, “We are seeing the collateral effects of the new laws passed in Colorado.”
This week federal charges were filed against three suspects in Oklahoma City.
The trio is accused of conspiring to traffic marijuana from Colorado, as well as allegedly storing marijuana and other illegal drugs at upscale homes in the metro.
Woodward said, “We are seeing more shipments that are coming in from Colorado and we’re not talking about ounces or grams, we’re talking about 50, 150, 200 pounds of high quality marijuana coming out of Colorado.”
In fact, according to court records, the suspects in this case planned to transport 30 to 50 pounds of marijuana per month for 4 years for a conservative total of more than 1,400 pounds.
“There’s a darker side than what’s being portrayed coming out of Colorado and we have to deal with it everyday,” said Woodward. “Obviously, we are going to see more marijuana. It certainly creates more work for us having to stop more shipments that are coming in.”
None of the suspects locally have ever had a criminal past.
In fact, the alleged ringleader Terry Wilkerson, is 71 years old.
William Hoge and Crystal Adams, both from Oklahoma City, are also charged.
Five other suspects charged in this case are from Colorado and one is from Illinois.