Two year investigation leads to large drug bust

Tillman County_A two-year drug investigation in Tillman County has led to the arrest of 14 people and confiscation of cocaine, marijuana, and meth, along with thousands of dollars in cash.  It was such a large bust, the Tillman County Sheriff's Office called for assistance from the District Three Drug Task Force, and The Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs, making it one of the most successful drug busts in County history.

Tillman County Reserve Deputies trained for several days specifically for this bust, which spanned one city block.  Frederick resident Johnny Cheek lives between two houses at the center of the raid on 6th Street.  He says he's glad it's over.  "I know there was cars coming and going - I just thought they were getting visitors.  Well, I guess they was...."

Tillman County Sheriff Bobby Whittington says the bust was the culmination of a two-year investigation.  "We knew about the people dealing drugs but we couldn't get enough solid evidence to proceed any further, and in the last 7-8 months, people started coming forward to help us," he says.

The investigation led authorities to 12 individuals who are now in custody on multiple charges of distribution of a controlled dangerous substance.  Whittington says it's a major step in making the City of Frederick safer for its citizens.  "People seem elated that we were able to take this number of people off the street," he says.

Whittington had nearly four dozen officers handling the searches and arrests.  "There's nobody that could be any prouder than what I am of my officers and how they handled this investigation," he says.  According to the sheriff, this is just one of many more to come.  "As long as I'm sitting in this chair, drug dealers are going to be having to looking over their shoulders, because I'm coming."

Sheriff Whittington says these arrests have given authorities even more leads to investigate.  Count on 7News to keep you updated.