August 31, 2012

Task force raid nets four arrests

The Express-Star

CHICKASHA — During the early morning hours of Aug. 30 the District 06 District Attorney’s Drug and Violent Crime Task Force and the Oklahoma Highway Patrol’s Tactical Team executed a search warrant at 1708 Idaho, Chickasha, Oklahoma.  

The search warrant was issued late on Aug.29 after application by the DA’s Task Force.  The execution of the warrant lead to the arrest of the following individuals: Marla Jo Mahler, Cody Hunt, Donald Hunt and Jeffrey “Keith” Hunt.  

District Attorney Jason Hicks said the issuance of the search warrant was the result of a two month investigation into the theft of firearms in the area.  Information was given to a Task Force Investigator who in turn wrote the search warrant and requested it’s issuance at the Grady County District Court.

Upon issuance of the warrant, Hicks requested the assistance of the Oklahoma Highway Patrol’s Tactical Team.  Hicks explained the request was made due to the nature of the investigation.  The investigation revealed the subjects had prior felony convictions and had told several individuals they were not going back to prison, and they would shoot as many cops as necessary to prevent their apprehension.  

"Officer safety is a huge priority for us and we will do whatever necessary to ensure that our law enforcement community is protected,” Hicks said.

After the subjects were in custody, the Task Force Investigators and OHP Officers started a search of the residence.  The search resulted in the confiscation of $24,000, methamphetamine, marijuana, multiple firearms, and four vehicles.  

Hicks noted that was very pleased with the outcome and the success of the operation.

“The execution of the warrant at 1708 Idaho was a success and shows what happens when multiple agencies work together for the good of the community,” he said

The four individuals arrested are facing charges ranging from possession of a controlled dangerous substance with the intent to distribute the drug, felon in possession of a firearm, possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony and a felony charge for fortifying the entrances to the home.

“I am extremely proud of the work of my Task Force," Hicks said.  "We successfully removed a couple of dangerous individuals from the community.”