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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: 04/21/2006
FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT:
OBNDD SPOKESMAN MARK WOODWARD
(405) 521-2885 OR (800) 522-8031




UNDERCOVER OPERATION TARGETS DRUG VIOLATORS IN WOODWARD AREA

A 4-month long undercover drug operation has resulted in numerous search and arrest warrants served in Woodward, Oklahoma today. According to the Spokesman for the Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics, "OPERATION REBOUND" has been underway since January to identify and bring down those distributing large quantities of drugs throughout Woodward.

"OBN Agents and District 26 Drug Task Force Officers have been making undercover methamphetamine and cocaine buys off of some of the biggest dealers in the community. Since the first of the year, this operation has helped us build solid cases against those bringing drugs into the area and distributing them at the street level."

---Mark Woodward, OBN Spokesman

Authorities from several local, state and federal agencies fanned out across Woodward just before 7:00 a.m. this morning armed with more than 20 search and arrest warrants. Tom Cunningham, State Drug Task Force Coordinator, says this type of cooperative law enforcement effort is critical in reducing the local availability of drugs.

"Operation Rebound demonstrates why District Attorney's Drug Task Forces are vital to narcotics enforcement in rural Oklahoma. Their ability to help organize local, state, and federal resources is what makes a difference in our communities. Their continued funding at the state and federal level is crucial."

---State Drug Task Force Coordinator Tom Cunningham

As of 10:30 this morning, 15 people are in custody and have been transported to the Woodward County jail. All of the defendants arrested in "OPERATION REBOUND" face distribution charges. Additional charges and further arrests are possible as this investigation moves forward.

Assisting in the arrests today included more than 70 agents and officers from OBN, the District 26 Drug Task Force, OHP, OSBI, FBI, sheriff's departments in Woodward, Harper, Ellis, Dewey, Major and Beaver County, and the Woodward, Moorland, Vici, Hardesty, and Seiling Police Departments.