715 pounds of mar­i­juana seized at Tin­ker Air Force Base

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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.

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