- Associated Press - Friday, February 13, 2015

CLAYTON, Okla. (AP) - State and local authorities have begun serving 43 arrest warrants related to a more than yearlong drug investigation in southeastern Oklahoma.

Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics spokesman Mark Woodward said 23 of the 43 persons being sought were in custody by late Friday morning after investigators began serving the warrants at 7 a.m.

Woodward says the investigation began in December 2013 into a drug ring suspected of selling methamphetamine and prescription drugs in and near the town of Clayton in Pushmataha County, about 170 miles southeast of Oklahoma City.

He says each suspect faces a variety of charges, including distribution of controlled substances.

Woodward said the arrests were made by OBN agents, Oklahoma Highway Patrol troopers, Clayton police, Pushmataha County deputies and District 16 and 17 Drug Force officials.

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