Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics: Two arrested for making illegal pills

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TULSA, okla. (KFOR) – Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics (OBN) officials say two people were arrested in connection with a large illegal pill manufacturing company that shut down in January.

January 6thth, 2021, Alcoholic Beverage Law Enforcement Commission (ABLE) agents were conducting an inspection of a liquor store in S. Peoria when they discovered evidence of possible illegal drug activity, according to OBN.

OBN spokesman Mark Woodward said OBN agents were notified by the ABLE commission, responded to the location and confirmed the presence of an illegal drug laboratory.

“After our agents arrived on site, they found a tablet press in the back room of the liquor store that could produce over 3,000 tablets per hour, as well as powder residues that tested positive for methamphetamine. It seems like they are pressing the meth powder into pills with punches that feature cartoon characters and symbols typically associated with ecstasy pills. The agents also found several pill press punches with markings indicating that the suspects were also making counterfeit prescription drugs, including Xanax and Percocet, “Woodward said.

According to Woodward, the OBN has been conducting the investigation over the past few months to identify those associated with the drug lab.

Tuesday, May 18ththIn 2021, Alto Ramon McDonald and Atya Latrice Thierry, both from Tulsa, were arrested in connection with the case.

Both face a wide variety of fees, including making and owning a controlled dangerous substance.

“OBN is grateful to our partners at ABLE for their work in identifying this drug operation and for working with our agency to shut down this lab before more of these dangerous and potentially fatal pills can hit the streets,” said OBN Director Donnie Anderson.



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