Tahlequah Daily Press

June 25, 2013

Guns, drugs seized in Stilwell raid

By JOSH NEWTON
Staff Writer

TAHLEQUAH — Nearly two dozen firearms were seized last weekend when the District 27 Drug and Violent Crimes Task Force worked with Cherokee Nation marshals to serve a search warrant near Stilwell.

No arrests had been made as of Monday, but authorities expected a warrant to be issued for the man involved in the case. During the investigation, police also seized methamphetamine and marijuana.

Mike Moore, the director of the District 27 Drug and Violent Crimes Task Force, said agents went to the home in search of drugs, but also found 21 guns, from pistols to rifles. Serial numbers on some of the firearms returned to stolen guns out of various states.

“You’ve got a little bit of everything, from Ruger target pistols to police shotguns,” said Moore. “Collectors guns, rifles, pistols – just a little bit of everything.”

Moore believes the firearms were used as currency in the drug world.

“They break into your house and steal these items, along with other items, to trade for dope. I think that’s a big part of our burglary problem,” said Moore. “Guns are the currency for the dope. We’re trying to hit them where it hurts. We’re here and we’re looking. If you’re out there doing this stuff, we’re coming for you eventually.”

 

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