The Enid News and Eagle, Enid, OK

July 26, 2013

$90,000 of marijuana seized

By Cass Rains, Staff Writer
Enid News & Eagle

ENID, Okla. — Enid Police Department detectives arrested four people Thursday and seized about 10 pounds of high-grade marijuana worth nearly $90,000.

EPD’s Narcotics Unit received information from another law enforcement agency about a package suspected of containing narcotics to be delivered to an address in Enid.

A K-9 conducted an open-air sniff and alerted detectives to the presence of narcotics inside the package. Detectives obtained a search warrant for the package and found it contained 14 vacuum- and heat-sealed packages of high-grade marijuana inside, according to a news release from police.

The total weight of the package was 8.2 pounds, and the estimated value of the marijuana inside was estimated at $70,000.

Detectives conducted a controlled delivery for the intended residence, 1409 E. Maple, and prepared a search warrant for the residence.

After the delivery was complete, Detective Zeke Frazee watched a person come out of the house, pick up the package, go back inside and close the door.

Ten minutes later, detectives served a no-knock search warrant and found four people in the living room of the home and a fifth person in the northwest bedroom.

In plain sight in the living room was a bag of marijuana, rolling papers and a metal tin containing numerous burnt marijuana cigarettes, according to police. A search of the house was completed and an additional three vacuum- and heat-sealed packages of marijuana were found. Detectives also found a mason jar containing another three plastic bags of marijuana, a Walther semi-automatic 9mm pistol, other smaller amounts of marijuana throughout the house, packaging materials, digital scales, a ledger containing names and dollar amounts and $4,941 cash, according to police.

Arrested were:

• Anthony Sullivan, 35, on complaints of possession of drug proceeds and possession of a controlled dangerous substance with intent to distribute.

• George Bamburg, on complaints of possession of CDS with intent to distribute and possession of a firearm in the commission of a felony.

• Natasha Mootz, on a complaint of possession of CDS with intent to distribute.

• Stacy Lee Moss, on a complaint of possession of CDS with intent to distribute.

During the search, detectives also found four cellphones that contained text messages sent and received indicating they were awaiting the delivery of the package, according to police.

When detectives interviewed Bamburg, he admitted to detectives to allowing the marijuana to be delivered to his house in exchanged for a portion of the marijuana from the packages, according to police.

Detectives seized a total of 9.9 pounds of marijuana from the home with a street value of about $88,880.

“On the street this marijuana is sold by the gram for about $20 a gram,” Sgt. Eric Reddick said. “This marijuana is coming from California. We’ve seen similar marijuana coming from Colorado, as well.”

The investigation showed this is not the first time such a package has been sent to 1409 E. Maple. The investigation shows a least six packages being sent to that address since March, according to police.

The investigation is ongoing and further arrests are pending.