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Saturday, September 30, 2023

16 Arrested In Tulsa For Involvement With Mexican Cartel

"Sol Prendido" for Borderland Beat

According to Mark Woodward, the Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs Control (OBN) spokesperson, multiple arrests have been made connected to a drug trafficking organization, with links to a cartel in Tulsa, Oklahoma. 

Woodward says that OBN has been working on an investigation for a couple of months. 

“These individuals are buying directly from people tied to the cartels out of Mexico that are bringing raw fentanyl powder across the border, moving it up into the Tulsa area. But also, it's impacting the distribution in places like Bartlesville, Collinsville, Chouteau,” said Woodward. “Today they're using social media to arrange for the loads being brought from Mexico to Tulsa and then they were using social media to arrange for the pickup and distribution once it got to Tulsa and moving it to places like Collinsville and Bartlesville to support somebody's opioid addiction. Just one of those dosage units, as we've seen, you know, unfortunately over the last several years, could be fatal because of just how powerful fentanyl can be.”

Those arrested in connection with the trafficking are: 

Justin Daniel Smith

Erin Joy Zaremba

Kimberly Whisenhunt

Joseph Kristopher George

Dana Ryan-Tapp

Chad Bentley Dorst

John Frederick Carter

Victoria Stephanie Hendertilo

Brandon Dale Wilson

According to the Oklahoma State Department of Health, (OSDH), fentanyl is one of the leading substances involved in the drug overdose crisis in the state.

There were 300 drug overdose deaths in 2022 in Oklahoma, according to OBN.

Nearly 90% of drug overdose deaths in Oklahoma were unintentional. Meaning, they did not intend to kill themselves, according to OSDH. 

Woodward says the drugs are not being sold in small quantities and not necessarily for personal use.

“In fact, people are ordering as much as one to two ounces of raw fentanyl powder. They can get about 250 doses out of it. So one ounce could supply enough 250 people to get a single use out of it,” said Woodward. “There are about three different groups of individuals that were all linked to the same distributors. And so we kind of merged these three investigations together because they were all tied to the same people bringing, the fentanyl from Mexico to Tulsa. Those shipments are broken up and taken to places like Jenks and Bixby and Bartlesville.” 

According to court documents the investigation used Facebook Messenger search warrants, GPS trackers, visual and electronic surveillance and undercover operations to take down the drug organization.

“Drug trafficking organizations operate as a dispatch system. The dispatcher will coordinate the deal by discussing money for an amount of narcotics. The dispatcher will then provide an address for the customer to go and meet the delivery driver (courier). If the customer does not have a vehicle, the courier may make home deliveries. There is not much interaction between the drivers and customers aside from the narcotics exchange,” described the undercover OBN agent in the court documents. 

Through the investigation explained in the court documents, “agents discovered that many of the Facebook messages originated from Mexico.”  

In late June of this year, OBN began monitoring data for the Facebook wire intercept, according to court documents. 

The undercover OBN agent stated in the court documents, “I have been in extensive communications with the organization understanding the verbiage they use to attempt to disguise the illegal activities. The organization referred to the fentanyl as “tacos.” This never changed throughout the investigation.” 

OBN agents began monitoring GPS trackers on the trafficking organization’s courier vehicles and capturing visual and electronic surveillance in person. 

This resulted in traffic stops where fentanyl was found and seized and the individuals were identified released or taken into custody.  

The identities of the customers arrested lined up with the evidence collected through the Facebook messages. 

“We've identified a total of 23 people at this point and have been serving arrest warrants for them this week, including yesterday and today,” said Woodward, “Right now, we've got 16 in custody. We still have about several outstanding that we believe we're going to be able to get into custody pretty soon that are looking at a variety of charges, including the trafficking of fentanyl.”

Fox 23 News


  1. This guys are lowest level of "dealers". Look at them. Those are addicts who deal 1-5 grams per customer (their friends) for their habit.

    It's good they fight against drug flow but can't they catch anything bigger, more impacting?

    1. IT is impacting those are the ones that make the big ones the adicts are the ones they shoud go for there is guys un México that send one person to us an have the selling 20 30 50 they will be May King 500 an up Daily for mexico its a fotune

    2. so you think none of them is gonna talk? so crack heads never cracked and talked?

    3. @11:54

      They are going to talk. But they are just as talkative little mouses outside except outside they are the bait for the bigger fish.
      Like article said this was just couple of months investigation. A bit too fast in my books.

    4. 11.54 did you read the article? They chat with someone on FB, a courier comes to meet them and does the deal. What they gonna tell LE that they don't already know?
      I've spent time around people at that level and generally they know very little about operations even slightly above their pay grade. This isn't TV where where an addict gives an in depth description of the operation he works for after a few strong words from a sexy female agent.
      I agree with you, junkies love to talk, they just don't know anything useful.

    5. 7:10
      Roger that..
      It's always embarrassing and hurts your self-esteem when you get arrested but none of the cops bother to ask if you know anything..

  2. "We don't smoke marijuana in Muskogee, we don't take our trips on L.S.D.
    We don't burn our draft cards down on main street
    We like livin' right and bein' free
    We don't make a party out of lovin'
    We like holdin' hands and pitchin' woo
    We don't let our hair grow long and shaggy, like the hippies out in San Francisco do
    Well I'm proud to be an Okie from Muskogee, a place where even squares can have a ball
    We still wave Old Glory down at the courthouse
    And white lightnin's still the biggest thrill of all Muskogee Oklahoma U.S.A."
    ..Merle Haggard

  3. I’ll take an ounce of white tacos? Lol.
    Dang Sol I read that article and was going to send it to ya cause I found it funny. And I can’t believe those people in the line up are dealers. My goodness they look like they were born with some debilitating disease.
    Rubio NYC

    1. Yes all those people have ailments, but because they can't get proper opiates, they turn to Opioids (Fent). This will never end, unless America allows doctors to prescribe again.

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    1. @10:50am Every group has snitches. But white people snitch faster than any other group. Especially a white person who is dealing alongside blacks or Mexicans.
      Let the group get busted. When it's devil take the hindmost, the whites will bust out of the gates like Secretariat into the arms of the cops.

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    4. Snitches in every creed and color unfortunately.Whites also have the strongest will, so when you get someone like me who is 100 percent set in their morals, that person will never break their code and never snitch, no matter what.

    5. Dear "blogger James Brown from Philadelphia:" What exactly is your experience in this matter or are you just "blogging" away? Are you law enforcement or a blogger? An analyst or simply a guy who likes to get on the internet and write inflammatory stuff?

    6. @9:22am. I have some (very small!) experiences in the drug underbelly. I studied criminal justice in college and have researched major (non-cartel) drug trafficking organizations in the US, including the court transcripts. Plus anecdotes and observations of friends and acquaintances, some who were incarcerated. I did a short stretch in a federal prison camp in Texas.

    7. @JamesBrown... oh, so you're basically just spitballing here. You have zero experience upon which to draw your statement except anecdotes. That's what I thought. Thanks for confirming.

    8. Still not getting the need to denigrate other people on here.I know some of it is trolls but but the negativity is harmful and pointless.No need for it on a website with intelligent moderators and an involved audience.So to all the negative people and the just plain bitchy ones,it really says more about you.Next time you bitch about something in your life just know it was something YOU did.

  5. Like who ? The CIA or other 3 lettered government agencies who bring the shit in ?

  6. All gueros this time 🤣

  7. So lazy, there are better apps for communication, all free and not originating from the States.
    You don't care if some Chinese or Russian is reading your messages.

  8. Esos güeros son los que se ponen a robar en los estacionamientos de los moteles cuando llegaba uno a chambear en los campos petroleros de Oklahoma y West Texas.

  9. It's a set up that will just lead to no ware

  10. nothing but the brighest of our society

  11. I wonder who the "brains" of the operation was?
    It's hard to determine who the mastermind is just by looking at the mug shots..

    1. 2nd row, 2nd from the left is my bet.

  12. "there is not much interaction between the driver and the customer aside from the narcotics exchange"..
    Yep, no room for small talk, the only Spanish word these okie hicks know how to say is taco, probably mispronounced, and the illegal/unlicensed driver beaner delivery guy can't come up with a lick of english besides "very good"..
    Culture clash, the rube weros thought they'd be dealing with el jefe de los todos, señor de los cielos, and the delivery driver is left scratching his head, cuz these fools don't look pretty like the americans he's seen in the movies..

  13. Most are MAGA cult members and getting involve with Mexican cartels. Not a good idea!

  14. At first I thought it was the Oklahoma charter for the Special Olympics . I thought damn their gonna kick ass this year ! But then I read the article. Oh well maybe next year .


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