Cherokee Nation, Oklahoma News
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TAHLEQUAH, OK - Cherokee Nation, Oklahoma Marshals seized three methamphetamine labs in October, one in Stilwell at Hogner Heights, one in Adair County and one in Sequoyah County.
"All these labs were brought to our attention during the hours of darkness, which intensifies the element of danger", said Dave Roberts, director of the Cherokee Nation Marshal Service.
On October 7, marshals arrested a man with an inert lab in his car in Stilwell. The suspect is currently in Muskogee County jail and the case has been turned over to the Adair County assistant district attorney’s office for prosecution.
A week later, on October 14, the marshals responded to a domestic violence call in the Bell community in Adair County and discovered a meth lab on the premises.
"That just shows how much meth is out there", Roberts said. "We walk up on one thing, and the next thing you know, we’re right in the middle of a meth environment."
Cherokee Nation Marshals alerted the FBI to another meth lab at the scene of a murder in Sequoyah County on October 21, 2000.
"In each case, a suspect is in custody", Roberts said. "Investigations into each are continuing. Reports are being forwarded to the appropriate prosecutor." Another warrant has been issued on a collateral charge in the Bell case.
"There have been six violent fatalities related to meth in Adair and Sequoyah counties in the last year", Roberts said. "That’s just the number that we’re aware of, not counting overdoses. Meth users are by their very nature violent, and the drug makes them immune to pain. These criminals are a danger to themselves, to their communities and to law enforcement officers. That’s why it’s so important that we put the people who run these labs behind bars."
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