LAWTON, Okla. – The Comanche County Sheriff's Department conducted a drug raid at Lawton's Goodyear plant at 9 a.m. Thursday. According to reports, sheriff's deputies searched the plant and even went through employee lockers. Goodyear says it called the sheriff's department a few weeks ago after it had gotten reports of illegal activity.
Sheriff Kenny Stradley tells 7News that the investigation is still in its early stages, so he could not give much information. He did say that his deputies did find some evidence, but says no one was arrested today.
Both Stradley and the Goodyear official 7News spoke with say today's bust is proof that the company has a no-tolerance policy for illegal activity.
All afternoon, there were sheriff's deputies' cars coming and going from the plant. Goodyear Communications Manager Jimmy Cagle says he called them after the company's management team received reports of suspicious activity on-site.
"We wanted to address that very promptly. We've done that with the sheriff's department and our own staff, the security department here at the plant and corporate is involved too," said Cagle.
Stradley says his deputies, drug dogs, and Goodyear security swept the plant this morning looking for evidence.
"We have found a few things that we're investigating. To go any deeper than that, I am really early on into the investigation, but we have some people of interest and we are looking around some areas," said Stradley.
Stradley says it is not every day that a corporation like Goodyear prompts an investigation like this.
"We are really proud that a company like Goodyear stepped up. Because it shows me that Goodyear wants to make it a better place for their employees," said Stradley.
Cagle says that company will continue to work closely with the sheriff's department throughout the investigation.
"We have a strict no-tolerance policy for anything like this. Our whole interest is providing a safe working environment for our associates and we're going to do that," said Cagle.
So, for now, the Comanche County Sheriff's Department will have its eye on Goodyear. 7News asked Stradley about the size and scope of the drug activity at Goodyear. He said that he was not able to give that information.