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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: 01/10/2007
FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT:
OBNDD SPOKESMAN MARK WOODWARD
(405) 521-2885 OR (800) 522-8031




MURDER-FOR-HIRE PLOT THWARTED

On Tuesday, January 9th, 2007, the Enid Police Department Narcotics Unit, Investigative Services Division and Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs arrested Andrew Harshman for Solicitation of Murder.

The investigation started when Enid Police learned that Mr. Harshman was actively soliciting the murder of a local business man and was offering to pay for the potential murder.

The Enid Police Narcotics Unit, EPD Investigative Service Division, along with an Agent with the Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs combined efforts to investigate this allegation. Officers were able to introduce an undercover officer to Harshman as the person who would potentially carry out the murder for hire. The undercover officer obtained enough information from Harshman to establish the solicitation, and through technical investigative procedures, surveillance, and outstanding undercover work by the OBN Agent, officers were able to establish probable cause to arrest Mr. Harshman Tuesday morning.

The local businessman who was the intended victim was notified after the arrest. The investigation was strictly controlled to minimize the danger to the intended victim. The investigation is still ongoing and documentation will be sent to the Garfield County District Attorney's Office for formal charges.

For additional information contact Sgt. Rick Tanner, Enid Police Department Narcotics Enforcement Unit (580) 242-7000.