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March 15, 2014

Tulsa deputies make big bust

TULSA  (AP)  — Tulsa County sheriff’s deputies have seized more than $4 million in heroin, meth and cocaine and arrested a Florida man after seizing a tractor-trailer rig where the drugs were hidden.

Deputies found 42 pounds of heroin valued at $3 million; 27 pounds of crystal methamphetamine worth nearly $600,000; and 33 pounds of cocaine worth $500,000 inside the truck, the Tulsa World reported  Saturday.

The tractor-trailer’s driver, Restituto L. Morales, 51, of Homestead, Fla., was jailed on a complaint of aggravated trafficking of a controlled dangerous substance and is being held on a $250,000 bond. He was arrested just after midnight Thursday.

Morales is scheduled to appear in Tulsa County District Court on March 20, according to Tulsa County Jail records. Neither jail nor online court records indicate whether Morales has hired an attorney.

The drug bust is the largest in the history of the Tulsa County Sheriff’s Office. It occurred a few months after a separate seizure pulled 10 pounds of heroin off the streets.

Though no information the office has received specifically states Thursday’s bust was related to the one in December, Maj. Shannon Clark said it’s possible.

“The 10-pound bust was pretty well-publicized,” Clark said. “Addicts here were desperately trying to get a fix, so it’s possible another drug lord was trying to get drugs up here to fill the void. We don’t know that they’re connected, but one could have been used to replenish the other.”

“This was all done by deputies getting information from informants, using technology and investigative work,” Clark said. “And it culminated in a bust that should make drug dealers wary about how safe their transports are in Tulsa.”

Clark said investigators are working to ensure another such shipment doesn’t make its way into Tulsa to replace the latest seizure.

“There’s still investigative work to do,” Clark said. “It’s a big tree with lots of branches, and we’re making sure we investigate those branches.”

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