November 28, 2022

LACEY, OKLAHOMA — (AP) — Oklahoma State Police said Tuesday that four people killed in a marijuana plantation were executed and they were Chinese citizens.

The Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation said three men and a woman were killed on a 10-acre (four-hectare) farm west of Hennessy, about 90 kilometers northwest of Oklahoma City. A fifth injured person was taken to the hospital.

State troopers said a relative notice was pending “due to a language barrier.”

Police said no arrests were made, but they “have a suspect in mind”.

OSBI said in a press release, “Based on our investigation so far, this incident does not appear to be accidental.”

Police did not say how the victims were killed.

This is a breaking news update. Here’s AP’s previous story:

LACEY, Okla. (AP) — Authorities “have a suspect in mind” after four people were killed and one injured at a marijuana farm in rural Oklahoma, but no arrests have been announced.

Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation Capt. Stan Florence said authorities believe the suspect knew of victims who were found dead on a 10-acre (four-hectare) farm west of Hennessy, about 90 kilometers northwest of Oklahoma City. .

“They all know each other,” said Florence. “I don’t know if they are relatives or colleagues, but certainly all of these people knew each other well,” he said.

Authorities have not identified any of the victims, nor have they stated how they were killed. The injured were taken to an Oklahoma City hospital. The case is being investigated as a quadruple homicide.

The Kingfisher County Sheriff’s Office initially responded to the reported hostage situation at the farm, but turned to state authorities for help, Florence said.

“Right now we have a suspect in mind. We don’t have any specific information to share… at this point,” Florence told reporters at a hotel on Monday.

Florence said police searched the premises using drones, helicopters and land-based vehicles late Sunday and Monday but did not find a suspect.

“There’s a lot to unravel on this case,” he said. “It will take some time to process.”

Oklahoma voters legalized medical marijuana in 2018, and the industry quickly boomed thanks to open laws that are less regulated than other states.

In March, voters will decide whether to legalize the recreational use of drugs.

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