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Two Alva men facing drug charges


August 19, 2018

Two Alva men are facing drug charges after a deputy found them in a vehicle parked in the middle of the street.

Barton William Rogge, 59, of Alva, has been charged with distribution of controlled dangerous substance (methamphetamine), a felony. This crime is punishable by imprisonment for two years to life or a fine of up to $20,000, or both.

Kenneth Mitchell Shafer, 49, of Alva, is charged with two misdemeanors: (1) driving a motor vehicle while under the influence of drugs and (2) possession of controlled dangerous substance (methamphetamine). Both charges are punishable by a fine of up to $1,000 and imprisonment for up to one year.

On Monday, July 30, about 7:50 p.m. Woods County Deputy Adam Honeyman saw a vehicle parked in the middle of Second Street just north of Santa Fe Street in Alva, according to court records. As he pulled up to the vehicle and activated his emergency lights, he states he saw the driver reach for the gear shift to put the vehicle in drive. The vehicle started toward Honeyman’s location but stopped for his lights.

Honeyman spoke with the driver, Shafer, who appeared nervous. While speaking to him, Honeyman states he detected the odor of marijuana from the vehicle. He also identified the passenger, Rogge.

As he continued to talk to Shafer, Honeyman states he noticed Shafter to have significantly constricted pupils and to be sweating profusely. He also noted the vehicle’s air conditioner was on high.

Honeyman asked Shafer to exit the vehicle for further field sobriety testing. He states Shafer did not perform well but a breath test was negative for alcohol.

According to the affidavit, Honeyman told Shafer he believed he was under the influence of methamphetamine, and Shafer confirmed he was. Shafer was placed under arrest but refused to consent to the state’s blood test.

A wrecker service was contacted to impound the vehicle. During an inventory search, Honeyman located a clear plastic baggie between the driver’s seat and the center console which contained a small amount of a green leafy substance believed to be marijuana. He also located a blue sunglass bag on the driver’s side of the center console which contained a large quantity of what appeared to be meth. It was later confirmed to be meth by a field test.

Honeyman states Shafer had told him before the search that he would find both the meth and marijuana. Shafer said it was his and not Rogge’s.

Alva Police Officer Kris Franta spoke with Rogge. He asked consent to search his person which Rogge granted. Franta located a one dollar bill in Rogge’s right front pants pocket rolled similar to a cigarette. Inside was a white powdery crystal like substance that appeared to be and was later confirmed to be meth.

At the Woods County Jail in a post-Miranda-rights interview, Honeyman states Shafer told him that he and Rogge had snorted the meth shortly before Honeyman arrived. He said the meth in the blue sunglass bag had been recently purchased outside of Woods County. He said he had been using meth more regularly than normal for the past few weeks.

Shafer told Honeyman he met Rogge at the Second Street location earlier in the evening he said they were both thirsty so went to a drive-in for a drink and while there Rogge asked him if he wanted to snort a line of meth. He said they drove north of town near Jefferson Road and County Road 470. Then Rogge cut two lines of meth on a dollar bill and they each snorted the meth.

According to the affidavit, Shafer said Rogge had the meth on his person in a brown vial and when Honeyman had his back turned, Rogge swallowed the vial. Undersheriff Keith Dale said he knew the brown vial Shafer referenced as he had previously worked a case involving Rogge and meth in a brown vial. Shafer provided a written statement.

In a post-Miranda interview, Rogge told Dale he did swallow the brown vial containing methamphetamine, according to the affidavit.


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