The Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs Control (OBN)
, often shortened to Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics
is an agency
of the government of Oklahoma
charged with minimizing the abuse of controlled substances through law enforcement measures directed primarily at drug trafficking, illicit drug manufacturing, and major suppliers of illicit drugs.
The Bureau is governed by a seven-member Commission, who members are appointed by the Governor of Oklahoma
, with the approval of the Oklahoma Senate
. The Commission is responsible for appointing a Director of OBN to serve as the chief executive officer of the Bureau. The current Director is R. Darrell Weaver, having served in that position since September, 2006.
The Bureau of Narcotics was created in 1975 during the term of Governor David L. Boren
In 1953, the Oklahoma Legislature
created the agency specifically to enforce drug laws. Designated the Division of Narcotics Enforcement
, the agency operated under the Attorney General of Oklahoma
for the next decade. Then in 1964, the Division of Narcotics Enforcement became a casualty of political conflict between the Attorney General and the Speaker of the Oklahoma House of Representatives
. The Division was abolished and created under the name of the Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics. This new Bureau was placed under the direct command of the Governor of Oklahoma
. This new arrangement would last for four years.
Beginning in the late 1960s, narcotics
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