118 POUNDS OF MARIJUANA. Murray County Sheriff’s Office Deputies assisted the Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics and Oklahoma Highway Patrol in ending a pursuit that took 118 pounds of marijuana and a gun off the highway. Deputies give credit to the new radio systems they have that allow them to effectively communicate with law enforcement agencies using these systems.
Shortly before 4 p.m. on Jan. 12, Murray County Deputies Mike Woods and Ben Flowers overheard radio traffic of a dangerous pursuit nearing Murray County.
The initial call came from agents with the Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics at the 78-mile marker, who were pursuing a black Dodge sedan at speeds over 140 mph. Traffic was described as heavy, causing the agents to struggle to keep up with the black Dodge. Troopers of the Oklahoma Highway Patrol joined the pursuit, too.
Deputy Woods was able to set up stop sticks at the 51-mile marker as Deputy Flowers set up stop sticks at the 55-mile marker. Flowers successfully deployed the stop sticks and was able to safely deflate all four tires on the suspects vehicle. The sedan came to rest approximately one mile later and was surrounded by a host of uniformed officers, who took the male driver into custody.
It was then lawmen discovered approximately 118 pounds of marijuana loaded into the sedan, along with a Glock 9 mm pistol. The driver was booked into the Garvin County Jail without incident.
Sheriff Darin Rogers wants to give a special thank you to Deputy Blake Clifton who has worked tirelessly on implementing a new radio system to the Murray County Sheriffs Office. Deputy Clifton’s work proved vital to the successful apprehension of this fleeing felon. The new system allows for a greater area of radio coverage with many agencies the Murray County Sheriff’s Office were previously unable to effectively communicate with.