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Drug task force makes arrests

• Traffic stops net meth, marijuana and hydrocodone

 


Several law enforcement agencies combined in a task force to make drug arrests along roadways in Alfalfa County Thursday, April 20.

Large Quantity of Meth

According to court records, about 7:35 p.m. District 26 Drug Task Force Officer Jeramy Rogers and Agent Brandon Powell, both with the Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics, were parked on the eastbound shoulder of State Highway 11 about 1.5 miles east of the State Highway 11 and State Highway 38 junction. A silver Ford pickup passed their location traveling westbound, and Powell observed the driver was not wearing a seatbelt.

Rogers turned around and followed the pickup, and they saw it cross the white fog line. Rogers activated his emergency lights.

Powell approached the pickup on the passenger side, while Rogers went to the driver’s side. The driver, identified as Daniel Meredith, was watching Rogers and didn’t see Powell who observed Meredith hiding what appeared to be a plastic bag in his pants pocket. Rogers obtained Meredith’s driver’s license and returned to his vehicle to check it.

Powell asked Meredith what he was putting in his pocket, and he said it was money. Powell told him he didn’t believe him. Alfalfa County Deputy T.J. Rockenbach arrived with his K-9 partner Joshi. Powell asked him to run Joshi around the pickup. After completing the circuit around the pickup, Rockenbach reported Joshi alerted to the presence of a controlled dangerous substance.

Powell asked Meredith to exit the vehicle, telling him about the canine’s alert and that they were going to search the pickup. A plastic bag containing a crystalline substance was located in Meredith’s right pocket along with numerous smaller jeweler type baggies. Meredith was placed under arrest and handcuffed.

During the search of the vehicle, a digital scale was located in the driver’s seat. It appeared Meredith had been attempting to conceal it by sitting on it. A further search yielded a plastic Clorox container with a hidden compartment. Inside were two large sandwich-type bags containing a crystalline substance along with a glass pipe with burnt residue. Powell field tested the contents of one of the larger bags, and it yield a positive result for the presence of methamphetamine. Meredith was transported to the Alfalfa County Jail.

Powell weighed a bag found in Meredith’s pocket at 8.5 grams. Each of the larger bags weighed 116.5 grams. The total weight of the seized meth was 242 grams or 8.53 ounces.

Daniel Joseph Lee Meredith, 38, of Dodge City, Kansas, was charged with two felony counts. Trafficking in illegal drugs is punishable by imprisonment for four years to life and a fine of $50,000 to $500,000. Unlawful possession of controlled drug with intent to distribute is punishable by a fine of up to $20,000 or imprisonment for two years to life or both such fine and imprisonment. In addition, Meredith was charged with a misdemeanor of unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia.

Meth and Marijuana Possession

A little later at 7:55 p.m. on April 20, Mooreland Police Chief Bobby Kehn, who was working with the task force in Alfalfa County on Highway 8, stopped a vehicle pulling a trailer that did not have working trailer lights.

According to his affidavit, Kehn made contact with the occupants of the vehicle and observed the passenger was visibly shaking. As he talked with them, he saw that both occupants were very nervous. The driver said they were just finishing a job in Alva and were on their way home. The driver said he did not know the trailer did not have lights and said they left their job late because it was a big job.

After checking their ID’s, Kehn asked the driver to move to the rear of the vehicle. He asked the driver if there were any illegal narcotics, and he insisted he did not use narcotics. Kehn asked if the passenger had any illegal narcotics. The driver said he did not think he had any left. Kehn asked the driver to clarify that the passenger was a narcotics user, but he did not respond.

Kehn asked Mooreland Police Officer Steve Schoffstall to do an open air search around the vehicle with his K9 Charger. While he retrieved the K9, Alfalfa County Deputy Loren Nusser observed the passenger attempting to shove something into his pocket. The passenger was removed from the vehicle.

The passenger was identified by his driver’s license as Justin Marc Songer. It was found he was attempting to stuff a small baggie with a white crystal substance into his pocket. The substance later field tested positive for methamphetamine. In conversation, Songer admitted he also had a pipe that was possibly either in the door pocket or in his black bag in the back.

Kehn found a glass pipe with a white residue wrapped in paper towels and stuffed between some CD cases in the passenger door pocket. Deputy Nusser removed a black bag from the back seat and found a black and brown tobacco pipe with a strong odor of burnt marijuana. Songer said all the narcotics were his and the driver didn’t know anything about what he had.

Justin Marc Songer, 36, of Oklahoma City has been charged with possession of controlled dangerous substance, a felony. This crime is punishable by imprisonment for up to five years and a fine of not more than $5,000. He was also charged with two misdemeanors: possession of controlled dangerous substance (for the marijuana) and unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia.

Hydrocodone and Marijuana Possession

Alfalfa County Deputy T.J. Rockenbach arrested a Wichita man after a traffic stop on State Highway 11 about 10 p.m. April 20, according to court records. He arrived at the location with his K9 Joshi to assist OBN Task Force Officer Jeramy Rogers and OBN Agent Brandon Powell who had stopped a Ford F350 dually pickup with two large ATVs in the back and towing a white utility trailer. The pickup was stopped for excessive speed and having a headlight out. The pickup had four occupants who were asked to exit.

Rockenbach ran his K9 around the vehicle and trailer, noting that the dog kept alerting on the trailer. Rockenbach notified the agents that Joshi had alerted on the door of the trailer. Powell made access to the trailer, finding two duffel bags, two backpacks, three ATVs, ATV parts and tools. He placed the duffel bags and backpacks on the ground. Joshi alerted on a red duffel bag and a black backpack.

Found in the duffel bag was a white plastic container with a clear plastic bag containing a green leafy substance that Powell identified as marijuana. Powell asked who owned the bag, and Erik White said it belonged to him. A pill bottle was found in the silver duffel bag. The label indicated the contents were hydrocodone and the name on the bottle did not match any of the occupants of the vehicle. White said the pills were his and were hydrocodone.

White was taken to the Alfalfa County Jail. Sheriff Rick Wallace found a package of rolling papers in White’s front pants pocket.

Erik White, 31, of Witchita, Kansas, has been charged with possession of controlled dangerous substance, a felony, for possession of the pills. The crime is punishable by imprisonment for up to five years and a fine of not more than $5,000. He is also charged with misdemeanors of possession of controlled dangerous substance and unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia.

Another passenger, Twon Smith, admitted the black backpack was his after a search turned up a clear plastic bag containing a green leafy substance that Powell identified as marijuana. Smith was arrested and taken to the Alfalfa County Jail.

Twon Herbre Smith, 29, of Oklahoma City has been charged with a misdemeanor of possession of controlled dangerous substance.

 

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