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March 24, 2014

Men accused in pound full of meth bust will see federal court

— The case of two Lindsay men charged with conspiracy and possession of more than one pound of methamphetamine with intent to distribute and firearms while committing a felony, was adopted by the U.S. Attorney's Office last week for prosecution in federal court.

Odell Fish and Craig Williamson were arrested as part of an investigation conducted by the Grady County DA Task Force, Drug Enforcement Agency, Oklahoma Highway Patrol and Grady County Sheriff's Office. Craig and Williamson were originally charged in Grady County.

"The adoption of this case demonstrates not only the importance of inter-agency cooperation, but is also a testament to the quality of the investigation," District Attorney Jason Hicks said. "[Hicks] is extremely pleased that federal, state, and county agencies could work together to take drug dealers off the streets."

DA Task Force Investigator David Gatlin was told that Odell Fish would meet a person driving a Chevrolet truck at a church in Tuttle to purchase meth at a gas station in Oklahoma City on Jan. 4.

Gatlin said he and other agents of the task force and Drug Enforcement Administration set up surveillance at the church and saw Fish pull up in a Dodge truck.

He said Fish and Williamson got into a Chevrolet pickup and proceeded to the gas station in Oklahoma City, then back to the church.

Oklahoma Highway Patrol Troopers stopped Fish and Williamson as they left the church in a Dodge truck on Highway 4.

Gatlin said he found an open box of flat bread crisps containing seven bags of meth and $6,000 in cash in a black cloth bag.

Upon further search of the vehicle, Gatlin said he found a Coca-Cola can with drug paraphernalia inside, two loaded 12-gauge shotguns and an additional $3,100.

Gatlin said Williamson told him he and Fish went to Oklahoma City with another person during questioning.

"[Williamson] stated that it was [Fish] and the other guy's deal, and stated that he was unsure of what they did," Gatlin said. "[Williamson] went on to state that he was to receive a 'bump' of methamphetamine from [Fish] for driving [Fish] to Tuttle.

He said Fish and Williamson were then placed under arrest and taken to the Grady County Jail.

Fish and Williamson are expected to appear in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Oklahoma later this week on suspicion of aggravated trafficking of illegal drugs, possession of firearms while committing a felony and conspiracy.

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