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From wheat field donuts to drug arrests

 

February 12, 2017



A call from an observant citizen, serving a search warrant and a traffic stop for a defective light all came together to put two young men behind bars on felony charges.

Wheat Field Donuts

It all started with an E-911 call about 2 a.m. on Saturday, Jan. 28, according to court documents. An individual reported seeing a black regular cab pickup driving “donuts” in a wheat field just west of the Woods County Fairgrounds.

Woods County Deputy Sheriff Adam Honeyman went to investigate and saw a pickup matching the description driving north on County Road 430 just south of Harper Road. The fairgrounds are located on Harper Road. Honeyman watched as the pickup stopped at the stop sign at County Road 430 and Harper and saw the driver attempt to do a “burnout” as he took off from the stop sign.

Deputy Honeyman conducted a traffic stop on the 2005 Chevrolet pickup and made contact with the driver and two passengers. The occupants admitted they had been driving in the wheat field and doing “donuts.”

The driver, Uriah T. Hardeman, told Honeyman it was a group idea, and he felt pressured to do it because of his passengers, Jarron L. Manning and Trayvonn Johnson. He told Honeyman he did drive recklessly in the field, knowing it would cause damage to the crop. In separate discussions, both Manning and Johnson admitted supporting and/or encouraging Hardeman to drive recklessly in the field.

Deputy Honeyman spoke with Keith Busse who leases the property from the City of Alva for crop production. He said the land was planted with wheat, and he wished to pursue criminal charges against the men for damaging his crops.

On Feb. 2, a criminal misdemeanor charge of injury to standing crop was filed in Woods County against Uriah T. Hardeman, 19, of Earlsboro; Jerron Lee Manning, 18, of Houston, Texas; and Trayvonn Johnson, 19, of Alva. The crime is punishable by a fine of up to $1,000, or imprisonment for up to one year, or both.

Dorm Room Search

About 7:45 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 2, Deputy Honeyman went to the Northwestern Oklahoma State University campus to Ament Hall to serve the misdemeanor warrants on Manning and Johnson in the wheat field incident above. Deputy Honeyman was accompanied by Ranger Rackly and Trooper Morgan. Arriving at the dorm room, they all smelled an overwhelming odor of marijuana coming from the room. It was determined the room was unoccupied. While a search warrant was sought, officers secured the room to prevent any evidence being destroyed.

About 8:40 p.m. with a lawful search warrant, the officers searched room 172 where they found a quantity of marijuana in a yellow fabric-type packaging. It was field tested and verified to be marijuana.

Because the marijuana was found on the campus of a school, the misdemeanor drug possession charge was enhanced to a felony.

Traffic Stop

Meanwhile about 8 p.m. Feb. 2 Alva Police Officer Ron Vasquez saw a 2000 silver Mercedes Benz traveling east in the 600 block of Oklahoma Boulevard. The car had a broken left tail light. The vehicle turned south on College Boulevard and then turned east on Olive Street. Officer Vasquez activated his emergency lights, and the vehicle with an Arkansas tag pulled over and stopped.

As Vasquez approached the vehicle on the driver’s side, he smelled a strong odor of burnt and raw marijuana coming from inside. He asked the driver for his license, an Arkansas license that identified him as Trayvonn Keyairre Johnson-Cox. Vasquez explained the reason for the stop and asked if he had any marijuana on him. Johnson-Cox said no. Vasquez said he could smell marijuana and asked again. Johnson-Cox said he didn’t have any marijuana in the vehicle but his passenger Jerron Lee Manning had just finished smoking marijuana. Vasquez had Johnson-Cox exit the vehicle, placed him in handcuffs and told him he was being detained.

Vasquez put Johnson-Cox in the front seat of his patrol vehicle and asked again if he had any marijuana. Johnson-Cox replied, “No, I don’t got any more.”

Officer Vasquez had Manning place his hands on the dashboard of the vehicle and contacted communications to send another officer to his location. Later Officer John Caviness arrived to assist.

When asked for his driver’s license, Manning produced a Texas license. Vasquez noticed a green leafy substance on his lap that he knew to be marijuana. Asked if he had any marijuana on him, Manning said, “No, that green stuff on my lap is residue of marijuana we just got done smoking.”

Officer Caviness placed Manning in his patrol vehicle. Vasquez found a glass pipe with burnt residue in the middle console and seized it as evidence. Both still denied any marijuana was in the vehicle or on them. However, Johnson-Cox then said he had an ounce of marijuana in his abdomen area. Later a small glass jar was found where Johnson-Cox had said it would be, and that was seized as evidence.

Vasquez spoke with Caviness, and he ran his K9 partner Jett on the exterior of the vehicle. The K9 made a positive alert on the trunk area. The trunk was later opened. Inside were found a digital scale, a large glass smoking pipe and a green leafy substance that field tested positive for marijuana. The marijuana had been bagged up and was ready for distribution.

The traffic stop location is 391 feet from the campus of Northwestern Oklahoma State University. The vehicle was towed and impounded.

Drug Charges

Jerron Lee Manning, 18, of Houston, Texas, has been charged with two felonies: (1) possession of controlled dangerous substance within 1,000 feet of a park or school and (2) possession of controlled dangerous substances including possession with intent to distribute. He was also charged with a misdemeanor of possession of paraphernalia.

Travonn Johnson, 19, of Alva has been charged with two felonies: (1) possession of controlled dangerous drug within 1,000 feet of a park or school and (2) possession of controlled dangerous substance with intent to distribute. He was also charged with a misdemeanor of possession of paraphernalia.

Felony possession within 1,000 feet of a school is punishable by imprisonment for four to 20 years and a fine of not more than $10,000. Felony possession with intent to distribute is punishable by imprisonment for two years to life and/or a fine of up to $20,000. The misdemeanor paraphernalia charge is punishable by imprisonment for up to one year or a fine of up to $1,000 or both.

An appearance bond of $2,500 on one felony and $1,500 on the other was set for both men. They both posted bond and are expected back in court on March 21.

Report Suspicious Behavior

Law enforcement officials say this case shows the value of citizens reporting suspect behavior with a call to E-911.

 

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