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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: 04/27/2006
FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT:
OBNDD SPOKESMAN MARK WOODWARD
(405) 521-2885 OR (800) 522-8031




STATE DRUG AGENCY DIRECTOR PASSES AWAY

It is with indescribable sadness that we announce the passing of Lonnie Wright, Director of the Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics. Mark Woodward, Spokesman for OBN says Director Wright suffered a massive heart attack around 4:30 this afternoon. He was transported to Midwest Regional Hospital in Midwest City, Oklahoma where he died at approximately 7:35 this evening.

Wright, 51, graduated from the University of Oklahoma in 1976 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science-Law Enforcement Administration. Wright attended OU on a football scholarship and played on two National Championship teams.

Wright joined OBN in 1977, a time when the agency was in its infancy with only seven agents, statewide. He worked his way up through the ranks as an Agent II and Agent III, and was promoted to Agent-In-Charge in 1981. In 1988, Wright was again promoted as Chief Agent of the bureau's Intelligence Division, overseeing the Statewide Intelligence Network Project and the Gang Enforcement Project. Additionally, Wright helped pioneer the highly successful Wire Intercept Project designed to identify and target some of the largest drug organizations operating in this part of the United States.

Wright was named Director of OBN in 2003. And in the fall of 2003, Director Wright helped draft HB 2176, a measure regulating pseudoephedrine that has drastically reduced meth labs in Oklahoma and has become model legislation for the entire country.