Three arrested after search warrant served
September 10, 2017
Three men from Alva have been charged with drug felonies after authorities served a search warrant at their residence.
Xavier Gabriel Banks, age 22, Olukayode Omotato Fasehun, age 23, and Antonio Yvon Joseph, age 21, have each been charged with two felony counts in Woods County District Court: unlawful possession of controlled drug (marijuana) with intent to distribute while within 1,000 feet of a school and maintaining a place for keeping or selling controlled substance. The first charge is punishable by a fine of up to $40,000 or imprisonment for four years to life or both. The second is punishable by a fine not more than $10,000 and/or county jail imprisonment not more than five years and costs.
Court records show on Sept. 5 about 3:45 p.m. Woods County Undersheriff Keith Dale spoke to Banks and Joseph at Ranger Field on the NWOSU campus. He told them they were free to leave but there was a search warrant for their residence at 615 Monroe St. He asked if there was anything illegal inside.
Banks said there was a digital scale in his bedroom. At Dale’s request, the two men said they would accompany him to the residence. The search warrant was executed at 4 p.m. by Dale, Deputy Chase Bouziden and Alva Police Officer Sean Farris.
In a search of the residence, officers found several containers of marijuana, a grinder, a scale, and $248 in U.S. currency.
A woman inside the residence told officers she was just visiting her boyfriend, Joseph, and had arrived two days earlier. She told officers she and the other occupants smoked marijuana the previous night while cooking dinner.
After determining that Fasehun also lived in the residence, Dale asked NWOSU Campus Police Chief Joel Johnson to find him and ask him to return to the residence, which he did. All three men were placed under arrest and taken to the Woods County Sheriff’s Office to be booked into jail.