ON AIR NOW

LISTEN NOW

Weather

cloudy-day Created with Sketch.
69°
Partly Cloudy
H 91° L 71°
  • cloudy-day Created with Sketch.
    69°
    Current Conditions
    Partly Cloudy. H 91° L 71°
  • cloudy-day Created with Sketch.
    85°
    Afternoon
    Partly Cloudy. H 91° L 71°
  • clear-day Created with Sketch.
    87°
    Evening
    Sunny. H 91° L 71°
LISTEN
PAUSE
ERROR

Krmg news on demand

00:00 | 00:00

LISTEN
PAUSE
ERROR

Krmg traffic on demand

00:00 | 00:00

LISTEN
PAUSE
ERROR

Krmg weather on demand

00:00 | 00:00

Local
Man carrying book on not getting arrested for pot gets arrested for pot
Close

Man carrying book on not getting arrested for pot gets arrested for pot

Man carrying book on not getting arrested for pot gets arrested for pot
Courtesy: Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics

Man carrying book on not getting arrested for pot gets arrested for pot

A photo posted Tuesday on the Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics Facebook page depicted the cover of a book about avoiding arrest on marijuana charges, ironically found in the car of a man arrested for trafficking marijuana.

Curious, KRMG called OBN to get the story behind the photo.

It turns out the arrest actually occurred a couple of years ago, but the agency posted the photo to send a message about a very real -- and growing -- problem.

The problem is a large increase in the trafficking of marijuana across state lines, which OBN spokesman Mark Woodward says can be directly tied to the legalization of pot in Colorado.

"We are seeing large shipments of Colorado marijuana now coming through Oklahoma, heading back to the east coast for sale," he told KRMG.

"It's only going to increase now that states like Oklahoma have legalized marijuana," he added.

He also talked about the vastly increased potency of the pot.

People don't realize the "problems this is adding here in the United States to have legal marijuana, and strengths of it we've never even see before. Ther are just literally new strains all the time."

That said, he did admit that the largest drug problems in Oklahoma, as far as deaths and hospitalizations, are prescription drug abuse and "K-2," or synthetic marijuana.

"We're number one in the country in prescription pain killer abuse,  and we're as high as fifth in the country in prescription pain killer deaths."

As for the photo, he said despite the seriousness of their jobs, they did recognize the humor in that particular situation.

"It was ironic that we would find somebody who has a book on how not to get busted with marijuana, gets busted trying to traffic marijuana," he chuckled.

Read More
VIEW COMMENTS

There are no comments yet. Be the first to post your thoughts. or Register.

  • Two prison inmates take their confinement out on some fellow inmates. A South Carolina convicted killer says he and a fellow inmate couldn't bear to spend the rest of their lives behind bars, so they killed four other inmates at Kirkland Correctional Institution. Thirty-five-year-old Denver Simmons tells The Associated Press that on April 7, he and 26-year-old Jacob Philip lured four men from the unit for mentally ill prisoners into Simmons' cell and beat and strangled them. Simmons says he and Philip want to be executed.
  • A woman is robbed at gunpoint while walking her dog at LaFortune Park around 11:30 p.m. Monday. Tulsa police tell us three men approached the victim, taking her cell phone before running away into the park near 51st and South Yale. Officers got into a foot chase with the suspects, following them to a nearby apartment complex. Tulsa Police Sergeant David Brice said, “However we were able to recover the victim’s cell phone where the officer last saw that suspect run into the apartment complex.” None of the suspects have been arrested.
  • A shooting victim dies in the hospital after being gunned down on a grocery store parking lot. Tulsa police tell us a 26- to 27-year male was shot around 10:30 Monday night at the Turley Food Express at 504 East 56 Street North.  “Officers were able to locate witnesses that stated a black male arrived in the parking lot, exited a vehicle (and) fired multiple shots at the victim while in the parking lot,” said Tulsa Police Sergeant August Terbrock.   We're told witnesses had no description of the vehicle or the suspect. Crime scene detectives have taken over the investigation. The victim’s name has not been released.
  • No charges will be filed in a police shooting last week. Investigators have found no criminal wrongdoing in the police killing of a mentally ill, knife-wielding black man by officers.   Tulsa police homicide Sgt. Dave Walker tells the Tulsa World about the findings Monday from the internal investigation of the June 9 shooting of Jason Barre. Tulsa County District Attorney's Office will review the findings next and decide if it concurs.   Barre already was known to police as having a mental illness. When he walked down a street wielding two butcher knives on June 9, two sheriff's deputies and a police officer gave him room until he approached a convenience store. After a stun gun failed to stop Barre, the deputies and officer shot him.
  • Two dogs mauled a woman over the weekend.   Gallatin County Sheriff Brian Gootkin said Monday that 65-year-old Melissa Barnes was doing yard work Saturday at a residence west of Bozeman when she was attacked, first by a pit bull, followed by another dog. The breed of the second dog hasn't been confirmed.   Barnes, who is an organ donor, was being kept on life support at a Billings hospital pending rabies tests on the dogs, which belonged to tenants on Barnes' property. The dogs were not current on their vaccinations. Their owners voluntarily euthanized them.   Gootkin says the case is still under investigation, and no charges have yet been filed.