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Three Suspected Drug Dealers Arrested

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LAWTON Okla_ Three convicted felons are back in jail after facing a laundry list of charges, including drugs and gun possession.

Police arrested Michael Wadlow, Thomas Collins, and Chad Houston Monday afternoon along Southwest 11th and Ranch Oaks, after the trio tried to get away from police when officers attempted to make a traffic stop. Police say several times, the driver Thomas Collins sped up and then slowed down before finally stopping.

The three men are no strangers to police, especially special operations officers. Police say the three are recognized as some of the biggest meth dealers in town.

The three have been in and out of jail for drugs several times. They are all convicted felons, one of them four times.

The three men were inside a pickup when police tried to pull it over several times.

"It took a couple different times to try to get them to pull over, because they kept starting and stopping again," LPD Detective Nancy Lombardo said. "While that was happening, there was movement in the car."

Lombardo said for officers, that was even more concerning then just the driver refusing to pull over.

"The red flags start going up," Lombardo said. "You think they're hiding stuff from you. You don't know if they're hiding drugs or if they are hiding weapons. The danger to the situation of course increases."

Once police got the driver to stop, they searched the truck and found a knife, a toy gun that looked like the real thing, and just as they suspected, meth. The three recognized dealers have been arrested for meth before, but each time financial gain seems to outweigh the crime.

"All three of these individuals are currently out on bond or have posted bond money and currently do not have a form of employment," Lombardo said. "So, I'd tend to think that money encourages them to continue their line of work."

Lombardo said their financial gain comes at the price of their freedom and most importantly, their customers' lives.

"Methamphetamine just ruins lives," Lombardo said. "We've seen it ruin lives, families. It has a terrible effect on everyone involved in and around it."

The three men were out on bond on unrelated charges varying from drugs to burglary. As of late Tuesday afternoon, the men were in jail but had not been formally charged.



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