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Police: Lawton Meth Pipeline Dismantled
LAWTON, Okla. (AP) -- Authorities in Lawton say they've disrupted a major methamphetamine network and made more than a dozen arrests.
The raid took place before dawn on Friday and, by the time it was over, officers from several agencies had 13 people in custody.
Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics Director Darrell Weaver said large quantities of methamphetamine had been moving through the network.
Authorities raided a Lawton business, and Weaver said high-volume meth dealers will have a legitimate business that they use to launder money.
Comanche County Sheriff Kenny Stradley told Lawton television KSWO that area homicides, robberies and burglaries stem from meth addiction.
Officials didn't describe any materials that were seized.
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Posted: Monday, February 18 2013, 09:40 PM CST
IN OKLAHOMA NEWS
Judge orders Okla. pastor to trial on murder count
May 25, 2013 19:32 GMT
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) -- A judge says the pastor of an Oklahoma City church must stand trial in the shooting death of his son-in-law.
Fifty-three-year old Michael Elder is charged in the death of 27-year-old Gary Davidson last February. Davidson was married to Elder's daughter.
The Oklahoman reports (http://bit.ly/16Wg62Z ) that Judge Ray C. Elliott on Friday ordered Elder to stand trial after Davidson's wife and girlfriend each told different stories. April Davidson said she feared for her life while fighting with Davidson in the front seat of a pickup truck. Judith Chism said Davidson was trying to exit the truck from a rear seat when he was shot.
Defense lawyers have argued Davidson fired the gun in self-defense.
Elder is senior pastor at The Cross Baptist Church. He was being held without bail.
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