Tulsa Police say drug trade and cartels lead to violence in Tulsa
TULSA, Okla. (KTUL) —
Tulsa Police are searching for Jose Ibarra Pelligrin, who is the suspect they believe killed a north Tulsa man this morning, and his accomplice.
“We don’t know a lot about him, other than he is considered to be one of the drug dealers that blew into town to make some money,” explained Sergeant Dave Walker of the Tulsa Police Department.
Walker says they found a house full of women, money and cocaine. Also, he says Ibarra left his wallet behind, and a birth certificate from Mexico.
“I think it has definitely something from south of the border and probably Arizona and those areas,” said Walker.
“Anytime you have major narcotics trafficking, things go hand in hand with that. And a lot of times, that could be homicide, that can be robbery,” said Casey Roebuck of the Tulsa Sheriff’s Office. She says last week, along with the Homeland Security Task Force, deputies arrested 12 people connected to the cartel. They confiscated enough cash and drugs to show a drug trade making nearly a million dollars each month.
“They would smuggle Mexican immigrants across the border to specifically work in the heroin trafficking ring. Once they had paid their debt to be smuggled into the U.S., the incentive was for them to remain in that organization because the money is very good,” said Roebuck.
The violence related to these drugs, seen in Tulsa this morning, can be very dangerous, according to local authorities.
“I am convinced the drug trade brings killers and cause killings. And this is going to be one of those,” said Walker.