715 pounds of marijuana seized at Tinker Air Force Base
OKLAHOMA CITY -- A shipment in a large marijuana smuggling operation was intercepted last week by the Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics (OBN) before it was able to find its way onto a U.S. Air Force cargo plane at Oklahoma City’s Tinker Air Force Base. OBN and Tinker Security Forces seized 715 pounds of marijuana hidden in a truck attempting to enter the base.
On June 15, 2017 an OBN Agent was performing military duty at Tinker AFB with the Air Force Office of Special Investigations (AFOSI) Detachment 114. AFOSI was notified that there was a semi-truck attempting to enter the base with a legitimate delivery. Upon routine inspection of the semi at the gate, members of the 72nd Security Forces Squadron (SF) found duffel bags which contained marijuana in the trailer. A K-9 further alerted on the trailer and AFOSI, SF, and the OBN Agent on base began searching the rest of the trailer. When searching, Agents found approximately 35 boxes full of raw marijuana weighing 715 pounds, and also seized several thousand small containers of marijuana THC vape oil.
The marijuana, which investigators believe was being trafficked from Pasadena, California to New Jersey, was hidden among a legitimate load of materials for delivery onto Tinker Air Force Base. The semi-truck also contained about $25,000 worth of frozen chicken which investigators stored for safe keeping until it could be transported to its intended destination in New Jersey.
The driver is identified as Ashot Grigoryan, 59. He was booked into the Oklahoma County Jail for Traf- ficking in CDS and Maintaining a Vehicle for Drug Activity. At the time of his arrest, Grigoryan was already on probation out of the state of Missouri for a previous trafficking case. The extent to which any Air Force personnel or base staff may be involved is not yet known.