Claremore Daily Progress

June 10, 2013

New RCSO task force makes 33 arrests

Mark Friedel
Staff Reporter


The Rogers County Sheriff’s Office launched a task force in May, specifically targeting career criminals in the county.
In an effort to reduce crime and to provide a safe environment for citizens and vistors, Sheriff Scott Walton deployed a Criminal Interdiction Unit, named the Thug Task Force, said Lt. Deputy Jerry Smittle. 
The unit consists of specially-trained patrol deputies and canine handlers. 
“Officers were assigned to patrol the interstate system, county roadways and towns  in a combined effort to detect and apprehend drug traffickers and career offenders who utilize our roadways,” he said.
In May, 33 arrests were made, 24 illegal weapons seized and $30,000 worth of drugs confiscated, according to information provided by RCSO. 
Deputies recovered six stolen vehicles and served warrants totaling $154,000. 
More than $16,000 worth of stolen items were also recovered.
“Sheriff Walton’s promise to the citizens of Rogers County has and always will be focusing on career criminals,” Smittle said.
Following the recent arrests, Rogers County jail is beginning to reach capacity.
“We’re getting pretty full,” said Smittle. “We recently had to send a bulletin out to neighboring agencies which stated, if (the crime) is a misdemeanor than we more than likely won’t have room for them.”
The 33 arrests  included 10 felony warrants served, four misdemeanor warrants served, nine drug arrests, three DUI arrests, one cultivation arrest and one distribution arrest. Three arrests included possession of stolen property and two included wanted out of state fugitives in possession of a stolen truck and guns.