4 Dead at Oklahoma Pot Farm Were ‘Executed,’ Chinese Citizens
LACEY, Okla. (AP) – Police have identified a suspect in the slayings of four people at an Oklahoma marijuana farm but said they aren’t releasing a name because doing so could put more people in danger.
Authorities said the three men and one woman, who were Chinese citizens, were “executed” the evening of Nov. 20 on the 10-acre (4-hectare) property west of Hennessey, about 55 miles (90 kilometers) northwest of Oklahoma City. A fifth victim who was wounded and who is also a Chinese citizen was taken to an Oklahoma City hospital.
Next-of-kin notification was still pending “because of a significant language barrier,” police said.
Authorities have a suspect in mind, but the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation is withholding the name for now to avoid endangering others.
“The suspect was inside that building for a significant amount of time before the executions began,” OSBI said in a news release. “Based on the investigation thus far, this does not appear to be a random incident.”
OSBI Capt. Stan Florence said the previous day that authorities believe the suspect knew the victims, who were found dead.
“They all know each other,” Florence said. “Don’t know if they’re related, or if they’re coworkers, but certainly these individuals were, we believe, all familiar with each other.”
Authorities have not identified the victims or said how they died. The case is being investigated as a quadruple homicide.
The Kingfisher County Sheriff’s Office initially responded to a reported hostage situation at the farm and requested help from state authorities, Florence said.
Police searched the property, using drones and helicopters and on the ground, but did not find the suspect, Florence said.
“There’s a lot to unravel with this case,” he said. “It’ll take a little time for us to process it.”
Porsha Riley, spokeswoman for the Oklahoma Medical Marijuana Authority, said there is an active license for a medical marijuana grow business at the location.
Oklahoma voters legalized medical marijuana in 2018, and the industry quickly boomed thanks to an open-ended law that put in place fewer restrictions than in other states.
In March, voters will decide whether to legalize recreational use of the drug.
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