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Three face drug charges after search


November 18, 2018

Drug possession charges were filed against three people after a search warrant was executed on a room at the Days Inn in Alva.

According to court records, on Nov. 7 Woods County Undersheriff Keith Dale received information that Taylor Cole Cunningham was in possession of a Beretta 9mm that had been stolen from an Alva residence.

On Nov. 8 Undersheriff Dale spoke with a probation and parole officer who said Cunningham had been testing positive for methamphetamine during drug urinalysis and had admitted to using meth. The officer said Cunningham told him he resides at the Days Inn in Alva.

About 12:15 p.m. on Nov. 8, officers from the Woods County Sheriff’s Office and the Alva Police Department executed a search warrant on Cunningham’s room at the Days Inn. Deputy Adam Honeyman stated upon making entry into the room, he observed Cunningham loading a pistol magazine with ammunition. Also in the room were Brittany Ann Womack, Dillon Von Nethercutt and Natalie Dawn Fuller.

In plain view officers saw a large amount of drug paraphernalia as well as a line of white substance, later field testing positive for meth, on a mirror located on the desk. At the time he was detained, Nethercutt was found to have a baggie of approximately 7.7 grams of marijuana on his person, and Cunningham was found to have a baggie containing approximately 2.1 grams of methamphetamine in the coin pocket of his jeans, according to the affidavit.

During the search of the room, Alva Police Chief Ben Orcutt told Dale he found clothing items and currency that matched the description of clothing and items stolen from previous burglaries in Alva. As a result, a second search warrant was executed.

Officers collected a lengthy list of items including currency, baggies of marijuana, meth, pills, numerous cellphones, ammunition and paraphernalia.

Taylor Cole Cunningham, 22, of Alva, has been charged with distribution of controlled dangerous substance (methamphetamine) and with possessing a firearm during the commission of a felony. Both charges are felonies. Cunningham is also charged with two misdemeanors: knowingly concealing stolen property and unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia.

Dillon Von Nethercutt, 27, of Waynoka, has been charged with unlawful possession of controlled drug (marijuana) with intent to distribute, a felony.

Brittany Ann Womack, 22, of Alva, is charged with two misdemeanors: possession of controlled dangerous substance (methamphetamine) and with unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia.

Gun Theft Arrest

In a related case, Anthony James Altobella, 22, of Alva, has been charged with burglary in the second degree, a felony.

On Nov. 4, the Alva Police Department took a report from Brandon Payne that his Beretta 9mm pistol had been stolen from his residence between Nov. 2 and Nov. 3. This firearm was recovered in the above described search.

On Nov. 8, about 5:30 p.m. Undersheriff Dale spoke with Altobella in his patrol vehicle in front of Altobella’s residence. According to the affidavit, Altobella told Dale that on Nov. 2 he asked Payne, who is his friend, to come to his house to hang out. Once Payne was there, Altobella left and ran to Payne’s residence which is less than a block away, entering through the front door. Altobella told Dale he knew Payne had the firearm, he had seen and liked it, and he decided to steal it.

Asked what he did with the pistol, Altobella told Dale he sold it to Taylor Cunningham for two grams of methamphetamine. Altobella was placed under arrest and taken to the Woods County Sheriff’s Office to be booked into jail.


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