The Pittsburg County District Attorney’s Office was allocated $111,723.20 in funding from Oklahoma Attorney General Mike Hunter during a ceremony Wednesday for its role in the 2015 raid of the Mr. Coolz shops in Oklahoma City.
District 18 District Attorney Chuck Sullivan said the allocated funds will help the office fund operations.
“It’s going to be a tremendous boon to the office,” Sullivan said.
Sullivan said the funds are controlled by statutes and can be used for drug task force salaries, equipment and more.
But the office will first determine where the funding is needed most.
“We’re going to look and assess our needs and what we’re doing with our drug task force,” Sullivan said.
The Pittsburg County office assisted in a coordinated effort between several law enforcement groups, helping with writing search warrants, doing some investigations, and more, according to Sullivan.
The raid occurred before former District 18 District Attorney Farley Ward retired and Haskell County Sheriff Tim Turner led the investigation.
“I especially want to thank Haskell County Sheriff Tim Turner, who at the time was the lead task force investigator for our office,” Sullivan said. “He worked tirelessly for us and we appreciate everything he’s done for us.”
Hunter presented checks to law enforcement representatives and district attorneys on Wednesday during the District Attorneys Council monthly meeting for the role they played in the 2015 raid of the Mr. Coolz shops in Oklahoma City, according to a press release.
State and federal agents raided three Oklahoma City shops in 2015 to shut down the criminal enterprise involving the sale of millions of dollars in synthetic marijuana and drug paraphernalia.
According to the attorney general’s office, the criminal operation generated more than $5.1 million in revenue since the stores opened in 2010.
Agent Sean Patterson led the investigation into the Mr. Coolz stores after numerous complaints to the attorney general’s office from citizens claiming the stores were selling and distributing narcotics, according to the attorney general’s office.
The attorney general’s office said authorities seized thousands of packages of illegal synthetic marijuana, more than a million dollars in cash, and expensive luxury cars during the 2015 raid.
After prosecution, more than $2 million in forfeited assets was allocated to the attorney general’s office and the funds were divided between “each department, agency or district attorney’s office for payment based on level of involvement and resources used throughout the duration of the case,” according to the attorney general’s office.
Hunter thanked everyone involved during the presentation.
“Thanks to the determined work of our law enforcement partners from different jurisdictions across the state, we were able to rid the streets of harmful poison and save countless lives,” Hunter said. “Dangerous drugs like synthetic marijuana claim the lives of far too many every year. With cooperation across agency lines, we will continue our relentless efforts to arrest and prosecute traffickers to keep the public safe. It is an honor to distribute these funds today.”
The following is the breakdown of the allocation of money:
• Bethany Police Department — $84,889.60
• Duncan Police Department — $63,667.20
• Oklahoma County Sheriff’s Office — $212,224
• Pittsburg County District Attorney’s Office — $111,723.20
• Cleveland County District Attorney’s Office — $70,033.92
• Moore Police Department — $76,400.64
• Tulsa County Sheriff’s Department — $84,889.60
• Pottawatomie County District Attorney’s Office — $63,667.20
• Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs Control — $169,779.20
• Oklahoma City Police Department — $573,004.80
• Oklahoma Attorney General’s Office — $500,000
The Oklahoma Highway Patrol also assisted by providing free storage of seized items and was allocated the following forfeited items, per the attorney general’s office:
• A Top Hat hauling trailer – estimated value at $5,000
• An Arctic Cat Prowler – estimated value at $9,000
• A Browning ProSteel gun safe – estimated value at $2,500
• A Polaris Ranger 800 XP – estimated value at $10,000