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Two arrested after search of apartment


A search warrant was served at an apartment located a block north of Alva’s downtown square, and two individuals now face drug charges.

According to court records, Alva Police Officer John Caviness began developing information about a man suspected of distributing and using methamphetamine and marijuana. After conducting surveillance on the residence and other investigation, Caviness obtained a search warrant for 520 Choctaw St., Apartment 4, the residence of Charles Eugene Willhite.

The warrant was served at 9 a.m. on May 21 by officers with the Alva Police Department and the Woods County Sheriff’s Office. After entry was made, it was discovered Willhite was not home. But contact was made outside the apartment with Amanda Marie Leavitt who said she was Willhite’s girlfriend, and she stayed with him two or three days a week. She said she would contact Willhite and tell him to come to the apartment so law enforcement could speak to him.

During the search, seven glass smoking pipes were found in the living room and northeast bedroom. Four had a white residue and these all field-tested positive for methamphetamine. In addition 15 broken glass smoking devices were located. Two marijuana smoking pipes were found in the same vicinity. Twenty-four clear jewelry baggies were found; these are the type usually used in the distribution of illegal narcotics. Seven of the baggies appeared to have an unspecified white residue. Located near the baggies were two digital scales, and a third scale was found in the southeast bedroom.

Eleven packages of rolling papers, a green leafy substance identified as marijuana, and a 3.5 oz. bottle of Ozium air sanitizer were found. Officers located a 5.5 oz. bottle of butane fuel, which is often used to fill butane lighters that can then be used to heat meth in smoking devices.

A 16 oz. Coleman propane bottle with attached torch was found near 15 in., 32 in. and 37 in. glass tubes. Propane torches are commonly used to heat, cut and bend glass. Caviness concluded it appeared the torch was being used to make glass smoking devices normally used to smoke meth.

While waiting for Willhite to arrive, law enforcement located several personal female items that belonged to Leavitt, indicating she maintained residency at Willhite’s apartment. Leavitt was taken into custody and transported to the Woods County Jail.

Willhite voluntarily turned himself in to the Woods County Jail.

Charles Eugene Willhite, 50, of Alva, has been charged with maintaining a place for keeping and selling controlled substance, a felony. This crime is punishable by a fine of not more than $10,000 and/or county jail imprisonment not more than five years and costs.

Willhite is also charged with three misdemeanors: (1) possession of controlled dangerous substance – methamphetamine, (2) possession of controlled dangerous substance (marijuana), and (3) unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia. Each of these charges is punishable by imprisonment for not more than one year or by a fine of not more than $1,000, or both.

Amanda Marie Leavitt, 22, of Alva, is also charged with three misdemeanors of possession of controlled dangerous substance (methamphetamine), possession of controlled dangerous substance (marijuana), and unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia.


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