ODAFF and ODWC execute search warrants at meat processing location

July 30, 2020 | Featured|Headlines|Police

NEWKIRK— Search warrants for Dewayne’s BBQ and Catering and the Dewayne Muret residence have been executed by the Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry, and the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife.

Information in the legal documents filed at the Kay County Court Clerk’s office, allege that the portions of the Oklahoma Meat Inspection Act may have been violated.

Special Agent Paul Cornett reports in the information that on June 30, ODAFF was made aware of a complaint alleging that Muret has been processing livestock for 7C Land and Cattle Company, owned by the Otoe-Missouria Tribe, without a license.

Cornett reports that statements were obtained from employees of the cattle company.

One employee reportedly stated that he has delivered cattle to the business for processing on multiple occasions and then picked up processed meat. The employee reportedly describes how the meat was repackaged from Dewayne’s labeled packaging and placed into baggies before being handed out to Otoe Missouria tribal elders.

The second employee reportedly details how he was instructed to use his personal vehicle and would be paid an additional three hours on his paycheck and that he was instructed not to tell anyone.

Cornett reports that the employees who made the statements reportedly stated that they believe the meat quality is less than par and that tribal elders deserve to be treated better.

On July 1, inspectors report obtaining video of steers allegedly belonging to 7C Land and Cattle Company in a pen on Muret’s property.

On July 15, Cornett reports reviewing a video of three black cattle in the pen on the property. Law enforcement officials drove by every day checking on the status of the animals.

On July 22, Kay County Game Warden Spencer Grace reported that at 5:34 p.m. it appeared one of the calves had been killed and that workers were attempting to load or hang the calf on the end loader of a tractor.

Agents executed the warrants the next day.

Documents show that they seized a statement book which contained a written receipt issued to 7C for slaughter and processing and a stack of cutting orders and or documents containing multiple  names of customers.

Grace assisted in serving the search warrant and reports locating 51 deer racks in and around the facilities, 47 of which were undocumented or improperly documented and subsequently seized. Grace reports Muret admitted that if the deer are on his property, they are documented in a book. 

Grace reports only 19 of the deer located were accounted for in the log book and that 30 deer racks remain undocumented and unidentified.

Officials report in the legal documents that Muret has owned a licensed meat processing plant in the past.

Morgan Vance, spokeswoman for ODAFF, said today that it is very early in the investigation and that it could take up to two weeks to determine if criminal charges will be filed by ODAFF.

Grace said today that it is going to take a bit of time to investigate the 47 deer racks seized. He explained that if other subjects are tied to the deer racks, they too could face charges.

“If a person shot a deer and dropped it off there and it wasn’t documented and it is tracked back to the person who shot the deer, they can face a charge,” said Grace. “I have no clue how long it will take to investigate the racks as COVID-19 has made our jobs busy since everyone is outside.”

Grace said Muret could be facing potentially up to 47 misdemeanor wildlife charges.

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