OKLAHOMA CITY, Oklahoma (KFOR) — The Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics is addressing violence at marijuana operations in the state and sharing its broader effort to combat foreigners doing dirty business in Oklahoma. This comes after a gunman executed four people at a marijuana farm in Northwest Kingfisher County on Sunday night.
OBN spokesman Mark Woodward told KFOR that of about 8,500 legally licensed marijuana farms, about 2,000 of them are under investigation for fraudulent activity.
“We’ve had numerous homicides at medical marijuana companies in the last four years since legalization,” he said. “So this isn’t the first.”
Investigations are still ongoing in Lacey, Kingfisher County, west of Hennessey, after four people were found dead and another injured after a violent attack at a marijuana farm.
OSBI said around 5:45 p.m. on November 20, a male suspect entered a building on the property near EW 600 and NS 2760.
He was in this building “a considerable time” before executing several employees in it.
Three men and a woman – all Chinese nationals – were shot execution-style. Another person, also Chinese, was shot multiple times and flown to OU Health.
The suspect, also a Chinese citizen, is now in custody.
“So there are literally billions of dollars in uncaptured money that goes back to these criminal organizations that are being smuggled and laundered through many different means, from the farms here in Oklahoma to criminal organizations from Mexico to Russia to China, all of them associated with various criminal organizations who have come and obtained a license in Oklahoma but have done so under fraudulent pretenses.”
He and his team are determined to ensure criminals don’t look to Oklahoma as a safe haven.
“They are moving their base of operations here because we have very affordable land, we have very lax regulations, and we have so many of these companies that they think they can hide behind this license and then go ahead and supply marijuana to the black market,” he said. “We’ve spoken to law enforcement agencies across the country who say Oklahoma is their top supplier of black market marijuana.”
Woodward said OBN will take aggressive action in the state capital next year, proposing tough legislation to crack down on illegal activity around marijuana farms.
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