BUSTED: 65 arrested in historic Clare...

BUSTED: 65 arrested in historic Claremore drug bust

There are 19 comments on the Claremore Daily Progress story from Jan 13, 2011, titled BUSTED: 65 arrested in historic Claremore drug bust. In it, Claremore Daily Progress reports that:

It likely was the state's largest-ever drug bust, police said. Police from 14 agencies raided the Rogers County homes of 78 drug dealers Thursday, arresting 65 of those who sold to undercover officers in an elaborate sting that police say generated more arrest warrants than any in Oklahoma history.

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Only in Claremore

United States

#1 Jan 14, 2011
This was a fantastic operation that resulted in many dealers and users going to jail. But the story reported that most live in Claremore along with a couple from Foyil and one from Inola. What is the deal? Is Claremore the only place with this kind of activity? Is this not going on in the unincorporated areas of Rogers County, where the RCSO is responsible. When the news broke on this operation, it sounded like the RCSO was the driving force in the arrests. Now we can see it was actually the Claremore Police Department, who had assistance from the numerous other agencies, including the RCSO. How many warrants were generated by the RCSO? Come on Walton, quit the grandstanding and do some work out in the county.
Drug Court

United States

#2 Jan 14, 2011
Claremore knows how to make money, DRUG COURT. Half of the arrested will turn on someone else and the other half will get DRUG COURT which produces money for Rogers County, Rogers County Drug Abuse, and Human Skills and Resources. It's all about money, money, money.
bob

United States

#3 Jan 14, 2011
Drug Court wrote:
Claremore knows how to make money, DRUG COURT. Half of the arrested will turn on someone else and the other half will get DRUG COURT which produces money for Rogers County, Rogers County Drug Abuse, and Human Skills and Resources. It's all about money, money, money.
it is all about taking drug dealers off the streets and u forgot about the half the people with priors and with precursors that will send them to prison not drug court so in all actuality it will cost the county and state more in room and board for most these people than will be made from the few that get drug court
Disgusted

Claremore, OK

#4 Jan 18, 2011
bob wrote:
<quoted text> it is all about taking drug dealers off the streets and u forgot about the half the people with priors and with precursors that will send them to prison not drug court so in all actuality it will cost the county and state more in room and board for most these people than will be made from the few that get drug court
Actually, most of these people are first time offenders-my boyfriend included-who will not serve jail time. They will be paying insanely large fines of 10,000 dollars and more. Rogers County really does know how to make the money. I think I hear the cash registers ringing away now...
Part of the problem

United States

#5 Jan 18, 2011
First time offenders should be given the chance to not re-offend. They should be put on probation with clearly set out limitations and rules. If a person does not wish to become a "first time offender," then they should not handle or deal with illegal drugs or prescription drugs improperly. Some of those "first time offenders" were charged with possession of chemicals that are used to manufactor meth. The same meth that is tearing our schools up and damaging our youth. If you aren't part of the solution, you are part of the problem. It's easy to not become a "first time offender." Don't break the law.....
Anonymous

Claremore, OK

#6 Jan 19, 2011
I've heard about this series of raids, pulled people out of college, pulled people from work. I don't care what they say, most of these people they are arresting are not 'drug dealers' they are a bunch of kids who happened to sell petty amounts of drugs. We aren't talking about some crime ring filled with gangsters that are out to get your kids addicted to drugs. We are talking about 19 year old kids who sell nickle and dime bags to friends who have jut had their lives ruined by the Claremore police department. Who exactly was being hurt? Nobody.

They like to say it's a historic bust, but most of it's just pot, not drugs which actually cause problems such as methamphetamine.

It's easy enough to say that they were breaking the law and as such they should be arrested, go ahead and say that. Because you have not seen the innocent lives ruined because the police decided to put them in drug court, pot isn't the problem. Our laws are the problem.
To their friends

United States

#7 Jan 19, 2011
"We are talking about 19 year old kids who sell nickle and dime bags to friends".........If these folks were just doing this, then how did they end up involved in this investigation? If they were simply supplying their friends then how did the police end up doing business with them? Nice try and trying to minimize the arrests of these people.
common sense

United States

#8 Jan 24, 2011
You talk about young kids doing "petty" amount of dope. Let's look at cory hall, Eric Hamilton, Derek Arnold, Eric browse, Charles kirk. Look them up on doc and you will see what young kids and dope can lead to. These are all roger county homicide convicted of murder. Once again god gave us all opinion just because we have it doesn't mean were right. We need to give law enforcement more credit. They are working to keep this garbage out of our kids culture.
The point

Norman, OK

#9 Feb 22, 2011
I agree that most of these were just kids, but it is important for kids to learn that their actions have consequences. If we let them just keep selling "nickel and dime bags" it's just going to lead to harder drugs.
You should know that I am friends with a lot of people who went to jail for this, I genuinely care about their well being, but i'm guessing that even though this is their first offense, it's not the first time they've ever done it, and it's time for them to man up and take responsibility for their actions. The fact of the matter is that they are hurting themselves as well as the people around them.
I do think there should be something included in the system for these kids that will help them get their feet back on the ground and start a life again when everything is said and done, and I think they should know that they are not failures or horrible people, but like my dad used to tell me when I was little,
If you're gonna dish it out, you have to be able to take it.
Progress reader

Claremore, OK

#10 Feb 25, 2011
They weren't just kids. Many were at least 30. Here's a list of those arrested, plus their ages: http://claremoreprogress.com/local/x233961383...
Josh

Morocco, IN

#13 Nov 1, 2011
common sense wrote:
You talk about young kids doing "petty" amount of dope. Let's look at cory hall, Eric Hamilton, Derek Arnold, Eric browse, Charles kirk. Look them up on doc and you will see what young kids and dope can lead to. These are all roger county homicide convicted of murder. Once again god gave us all opinion just because we have it doesn't mean were right. We need to give law enforcement more credit. They are working to keep this garbage out of our kids culture.
I know you didn't know all those people personally. I know both Hall and his victim, and "dope" was not in anyway invoved. I agree, it is bad stuff, but making an assumption about somebody isn't a way to gain credibility.
WOW

Tulsa, OK

#14 Nov 3, 2011
Anonymous wrote:
I've heard about this series of raids, pulled people out of college, pulled people from work. I don't care what they say, most of these people they are arresting are not 'drug dealers' they are a bunch of kids who happened to sell petty amounts of drugs. We aren't talking about some crime ring filled with gangsters that are out to get your kids addicted to drugs. We are talking about 19 year old kids who sell nickle and dime bags to friends who have jut had their lives ruined by the Claremore police department. Who exactly was being hurt? Nobody.
Definition: A drug dealer is someone who sells drugs illegally. Pretty much explains it, doesn't it?
In the know

United States

#15 Dec 15, 2011
Rogers County Drug Court is a scam! If you only knew how they screw the taxpayer! They get $ 4500.00 per sole from the state! They will keep you there for as long as they can to keep the money rolling in. If you get into trouble for breaking the Law do not take a plea for Drug Court! you will be better off to go to jail and spend a little time locked up or up to 3 years in Drug Court. Do not take a plea and enter into Rogers County Drug Court!!!!
Idk

United States

#16 Dec 15, 2011
Wow!! Does it matter how old they are? Does it matter how much they were selling?
It's illegal guys. Everyone starts out small
Kristin

United States

#17 Dec 22, 2011
common sense wrote:
You talk about young kids doing "petty" amount of dope. Let's look at cory hall, Eric Hamilton, Derek Arnold, Eric browse, Charles kirk. Look them up on doc and you will see what young kids and dope can lead to. These are all roger county homicide convicted of murder. Once again god gave us all opinion just because we have it doesn't mean were right. We need to give law enforcement more credit. They are working to keep this garbage out of our kids culture.
can you send me links to find out more about derrick arnold? I'm from kansas and want to know more
aryan angel

United States

#18 Apr 5, 2012
common sense wrote:
You talk about young kids doing "petty" amount of dope. Let's look at cory hall, Eric Hamilton, Derek Arnold, Eric browse, Charles kirk. Look them up on doc and you will see what young kids and dope can lead to. These are all roger county homicide convicted of murder. Once again god gave us all opinion just because we have it doesn't mean were right. We need to give law enforcement more credit. They are working to keep this garbage out of our kids culture.
look I know both eric hamilton and derek arnold most of my life and neither of them are typical murderers. U have no dam idea a out the people u are talking about, so till then get ur facts straight.
part of the plan

Claremore, OK

#19 Jan 16, 2013
yes, that terrible day ripped apart my relationship...and life has never been the same. It was ver scary to go through.. I wish you both strenghth and sucess!!
Disgusted wrote:
<quoted text>
Actually, most of these people are first time offenders-my boyfriend included-who will not serve jail time. They will be paying insanely large fines of 10,000 dollars and more. Rogers County really does know how to make the money. I think I hear the cash registers ringing away now...
DC participant

United States

#20 Jul 25, 2013
From a current participants point of view.. I see both sides. Is drug court a money maker? Yes! Is it a scam? No.. I believe you get out of..what you put into. I am from this county and also know several whom were involved in the "bust" none of them were forced to accept drug court..they had the option to sign for their time. Just as I did..I wasn't accepted right away and consider myself blessed to be one of the handful of violent offenders allowed in.. Anyone can do time.. For me it was about change..I had no idea how..with the accountability standard held by drug court I've learned to function in daily life without the use of ANY mind or mood altering substance! As the mother of two young children.. Drugs of any kind are too socially acceptable..I know first hand how that 19 year old with "just" a dime bag can turn into a 27 year old meth addict with no life skills in "just" damn jail! So to each their own but I wish we could give drug court and what they do a little credit..I'm sincerely greatful for this program.
shorty

Wamego, KS

#21 Apr 1, 2015
common sense wrote:
You talk about young kids doing "petty" amount of dope. Let's look at cory hall, Eric Hamilton, Derek Arnold, Eric browse, Charles kirk. Look them up on doc and you will see what young kids and dope can lead to. These are all roger county homicide convicted of murder. Once again god gave us all opinion just because we have it doesn't mean were right. We need to give law enforcement more credit. They are working to keep this garbage out of our kids culture.

I know Charles Kirk He's a good friend of minr and it was not because of dope that he killed. Get your facts straight before u become a dumbass and slander people.

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