The suspect behind a quadruple murder at an Oklahoma marijuana farm has been arrested in Florida and now faces extradition to Oklahoma.
State law enforcement said the man, identified as Wu Chen, 45, was arrested before 4 p.m. Tuesday after an automated license plate reader tagged his car in the Miami Beach area, according to the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation (OSBI ). announced on Facebook.
Chen was taken without incident to the Miami-Dade County Detention Center on charges of murder and shooting with intent to kill and is awaiting extradition to Oklahoma.
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The incident happened at a Cannabis Grow Facility in Kingfisher County, Oklahoma, on Sunday. According to authorities, Chen entered the property around 5:45 p.m. and spent a considerable amount of time at the marijuana plantation before executing the victims.
Authorities said “several employees” were present with the four victims – three men and one woman – when they arrived at the scene. A fifth victim was reportedly injured in the incident and flown to a hospital.
All victims were reported as Chinese nationals, whose names are still withheld. in one Facebook postOSBI said next-of-kin notifications were pending due to “a significant language barrier.”
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“The suspect was in this building for a considerable time before executions began,” OSBI said in a press release on Tuesday. “Based on the investigation to date, this does not appear to be a random incident.”
Police said they had the suspect’s identity before the arrest, but refrained from releasing the information, believing it could put others at risk.
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Though police have yet to release any leads on the case, OSBI Capt. Stan Florence Chen knew the victims.
“You all know each other. I don’t know if they’re related or if they’re colleagues, but we think these individuals have all become acquainted,” Florence said.
The case, now being investigated as a quadruple homicide with support from the Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs Control, will “take a little time,” Florence said, because “there is a lot to solve in this case. ”
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In addition to the murders, Oklahoma authorities are also investigating the marijuana farm’s legal records.
“Obviously, since this is a marijuana farm, Oklahoma state law requires that they have a license from the Oklahoma Medical Marijuana Authority and from us,” said Mark Woodward, spokesman for the Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics.
“One of the things we’re investigating is whether it was obtained legally or through fraud? So that will be part of our investigation.”
Meanwhile, Porsha Riley, a spokeswoman for the Oklahoma Medical Marijuana Authority, told the Associated Press that there is an active license for a medical marijuana farm business at the crime scene.
Other agencies helping with the investigation include the US Marshals Western District Task Force, the Oklahoma Highway Patrol and the Hennessey Police Department.
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