By Suzanne Mackey
News Star Reporter
The Garvin County Sheriff’s Office and Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics shut down an illegal growing operation northeast of Pauls Valley on Friday, confiscating 2,600 marijuana plants.
Sheriff Jim Mullett said his office received information from OBN earlier this week that the grow house was operating without a license from the Oklahoma Medical Marijuana Authority.
Deputies made a compliance check at the location on Tuesday to confirm, before requesting the search warrant they executed Friday morning.
“During our search we found that they had been operating without an OMMA license and also operating without it being registered to OBN, which makes it illegal,” Mullett said.
In addition to the plants, officers seized an undisclosed amount of cash and made three arrests.
Mullett said Friday’s bust was a perfect example of how an illegal grow house can operate under the guise of a legal medical marijuana grow.
Garvin County currently has close to 200 medical marijuana grow houses, and Mullett said his office is working to make sure they are all in compliance with state law.
“With that many grows, it’s a challenge, but we’re up to that challenge. The Sheriff’s Office is working hard for the citizens of Garvin County, and I want to let everybody know, if they’re going to do it, they need to do it right. That’s all we’re asking,” Mullett said. “I also want to thank OBN for working with us and helping us with this. Today is a good day.”
Garvin County Commissioners also assisted Friday by offering the use of county loaders and trucks to dispose of the illegal plants.