By Dylan Goforth
Phoenix Staff Writer
District 27 District Attorney Brian Kuester has appointed a longtime law enforcer to the head of the district’s drug task force.
Kuester said Mike Moore, most recently an investigator for Kuester’s office, had taken over the unit’s reins, effective immediately.
“Michael Moore will be an excellent director for the Drug and Violent Crimes Task Force,” Kuester said. “He will focus on team building and local agency participation. I think he has the ability, along with our local law enforcement agencies, to build one of the largest task forces in the state.”
Kuester said operations in the district’s four counties — Cherokee, Wagoner, Adair and Sequoyah — often overlap, making Moore an ideal choice as director.
Moore served during Operation Desert Shield and Desert Storm as a U.S. Marine before returning to Oklahoma and becoming a Cherokee County Sheriff’s deputy in 1994. In 2004, he joined the Oklahoma Scenic Rivers Commission, and in 2011 Kuester named him a DA’s office investigator.
“Mike’s going to be good at making sure we’re maximizing our agency participation in the District 27 task force,” Kuester said. “The epitome of the task force is teamwork. It’s agencies from across the district working together to accomplish a mission.”
The task force has been busy in recent months, conducting two high-profile raids of stores selling synthetic marijuana.
“That’s a priority of mine,” Moore said. “The state will have to get together and make some things easier on law enforcement. There’s some statutes we can use and have been using and some case law we can follow.
“I think this agency has done a great job so far taking the lead on that.”
Moore said he envisions the task force acting a bit like the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation. The OSBI assists various law enforcement agencies across the state with their investigations.
“We have agents from every jurisdiction in our area,” Moore said. “We’ll be very busy.”
There are 14 police departments and four sheriff’s offices in District 27, Moore said.
“One of my goals is to strengthen that up, to get more officers from the agencies to become members,” Moore said.
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