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January 19, 2008

Steak and Crank

Man suspected of dealing drugs from meat plant arrested in raid

A law enforcement team stormed Garcia's Superior Processing Friday morning and arrested a man considered to be a major supplier of illegal drugs in the area with possible ties to the Mexican Mafia.

Ramon Garcia-Rodriguez, the owner of the processing plant, was arrested after a search of the business. He was charged with three counts of trafficking in methamphetamine and two counts of distributing methamphetamine.

The officers streamed onto the business, located two miles east of Chickasha, in a line of police and highway patrol vehicles. Several vehicles surrounded the building while two search teams stacked into lines outside the main building and an adjacent trailer house. Wearing black body armor, helmets and with rifles ready, the first team moved through the large double doors into the main building. The second team knocked at the trailer door. When no one answered, they battered in the door with a fireman's tool and rushed inside.

A few minutes later the officers shouted the clear signal and began searching the business.

Garcia-Rodriguez was the only one inside the building. He was wielding a knife and had a loaded gun nearby when officer's found him, but no one was hurt during the raid.

“We are grateful no one was injured during the raid and appreciate the professionalism of the law enforcement agencies involved," District Attorney Bret Burns said.

Officers found four to five ounces of methamphetamine, well over the amount for a trafficking charge, and a pound of marijuana in the search. The drugs have an estimated street value of about $15,000.

The raid was the culmination of an eight-month investigation that included the District Attorney’s Drug Task Force, the Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs, the Chickasha Police Department and the Oklahoma Highway Patrol. According to investigators, Garcia-Rodriguez was found selling meth and marijuana to residents from Grady, Caddo, Stephens and Comanche counties. Garcia-Rodriguez, a Mexican national in the country on a work permit, is reported to have moved significant amounts of drugs into the country from Mexico, where he distributed them from the business. The meat processing plant is suspected to be nothing more than a front for selling drugs.

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