The Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs Control presented the Woodward Police Department with a check for $6,837 Wednesday morning.

Bureau Director Darrell Weaver said the funds were from monies seized in March 2003 during a joint investigation of drug offenders in Woodward.

He said the Woodward Police Department worked in conjunction with his agency to obtain and enforce a search warrant against two individuals who were operating a multiple drug organization.

The individuals were manufacturing methamphetamine and selling a variety of other drugs including marijuana, Weaver said.

During the presentation Weaver praised the Woodward Police Department as a model for other police departments throughout the state because of its cooperation and coordination with the Bureau of Narcotics.

“We are committed to Woodward Oklahoma and to any support we can give them,” said Weaver.

“On a personal note from the agency, of the three agents we have lost in the line of duty in over 30 years, two of them have been from this area,” Weaver said.

Those two agents were Choc Ericsson and Bill Stewart. Ericsson died Nov. 18, 2005 from injuries sustained during an investigation of a methamphetamine suspect in Woodward County and Stewart died in 1985 in a shoot-out during an undercover drug investigation in Woodward.

Weaver said that the bureau is thankful for the support it has received from the Woodward Police Department and all the law enforcement agencies in Northwestern Oklahoma.

Police Chief Harvey Rutherford said the Woodward Police Department in turn is very thankful for the support from the bureau.

“We appreciate very much Oscar and Wendell and all the agents in this area because without them we would not be receiving these funds that were seized,” said Rutherford.

Rutherford said they would continue to work with the bureau to fight against drug offenders in the Woodward area.

“Any other scumbags that want to give us their money, we will take it,” he said.

Weaver said the bureau would continue to crack down on drug offenders, too, not only in Northwestern Oklahoma but all over the state.

“We are not going to concede any towns or cities to drug offenders,” he said.

“We are going to take their drugs, their money and put them in jail if we can,” Weaver added.

He said the bureau is working on comprehensive plans for dealing with drug offenders and drug traffickers throughout the state. The plans are focusing on prevention, intervention, and enforcement, he said.

Currently the bureau is in the grant application process to begin a new education program, Weaver said.

He said the bureau is hoping to put civilian education employees in several areas throughout the state including Woodward within the next six to nine months.

The education officers will be responsible for helping with drug education programs in their area schools and civic groups, he said.

Weaver said the idea behind the push for drug education is the hope that education will lead to prevention.

Rutherford said he supports the focus on education.

“Enforcement is a great part, but training is the most important part,” Rutherford said.

He said it is important that young people understand what drugs will do to their bodies and their future.

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