US (OK): More than 800 MMJ farms linked to organized crime, drug agency says

An ongoing Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics investigation has linked sex trafficking, prostitution, and drug trafficking to multiple medical marijuana farms in Oklahoma, the agency announced.

An Asian organized crime network recruited undocumented Asian women to serve as prostitutes for the managers and administrators of several farms across the state, a spokesman said in a news release.
The organization was also linked to the trafficking of ketamine, a short-acting anesthetic with hallucinogenic effects used as a recreational street drug and sometimes used to facilitate sexual assaults, according to the Drug Enforcement Administration, the release states.
A team of Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs Control agents, Oklahoma County sheriff’s deputies, and Oklahoma Attorney General’s Office officers served four search warrants at residences in the Oklahoma City area as part of the investigation, arresting two people on drug charges, removing two prostituted women from a brothel, and seizing cash, a gun, ketamine, and several unidentified pills.

Additional arrests are possible as the investigation continues, the spokesman wrote.
The investigation is only one of several ongoing into numerous criminal organizations linked to medical marijuana farms in the state, OBN Director Donnie Anderson said.


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