The Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs Control announced Friday that an Oklahoma police chief was arrested for distribution of methamphetamine. While serving a search warrant at the home of Calvin Police Chief Joe Chitwood, agents found small amounts of meth.
“This investigation began in mid-April after receiving information that Chitwood was both using and selling methamphetamine in Hughes County. OBN and DEA worked a joint investigation that resulted in Chitwood’s arrest,” said OBN Spokesman Mark Woodward.
According to an affidavit, the Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics utilized a confidential informant to purchase meth from Chief Chitwood. After the informant met with Chitwood at the police chief’s residence, the informant received “a small glass container containing a crystal-like substance” that was later tested and had a positive reaction for methamphetamine.
“Meth is the leading killer among drug-related deaths in Oklahoma. And for a peace officer to be responsible for putting more meth on the streets is a disgrace to the proud men and women in law enforcement who put their lives on the line every day to protect our citizens from the deadly consequences of substance abuse,” stated Donnie Anderson, OBN Director.
After serving a search warrant at Chitwood’s home, agents took him into custody on Thursday. Chitwood was booked into the Hughes County Jail on complaints of methamphetamine distribution.
“Dealers of illegal drugs come in many forms. Chief Chitwood used his authority to push drugs in Oklahoma disregarding the inherent harm they cause. DEA and our law enforcement partners will hold drug dealers accountable no matter who they are,” asserted Eduardo A. Chávez, Special Agent in Charge of DEA Dallas.
Chitwood is currently scheduled to appear in court on May 24.