Alva man arrested on felony drug charges
January 22, 2023
On Jan. 19 in Woods County, Daniel Dwayne Northcross, 52, of Alva, was charged with (1) possession of controlled dangerous substance with intent to distribute (methamphetamine), (2) possess firearm during commission of a felony, and (3) maintaining a place for keeping and/or selling controlled substance, all felonies.
Count 1 is punishable by imprisonment for up to seven years and/or a fine of up to $100,000. Count 2 is punishable by imprisonment for two to ten years. Count 3 is punishable by a fine not more than $10,000, and/or county jail imprisonment not more than five years and costs. Bond for Northcross has been set at $35,000, and his next court appearance is Feb. 14.
According to a probable cause affidavit filed in the case, Northcross has been the subject of an ongoing investigation for the past year regarding his role in the sale, consumption and distribution of controlled dangerous substances in Woods County.
On Jan. 17 about 9:28 p.m. a search warrant was executed at the room occupied by Northcross at an Alva motel. Inside were Northcross and Laine Shillito.
During the search of the room, officers located two grams of methamphetamine, new and used clear jeweler’s baggies, a digital scale with methamphetamine residue, U.S. currency totaling $350, five cellphones, one tablet, two laptops, a black imitation firearm, and paraphernalia used for the consumption of methamphetamine. Items field tested positive for methamphetamine.
Northcross and Shillito were read their rights and placed under arrest for possession of a controlled dangerous substance, methamphetamine, with intent to distribute.
During a post Miranda Rights interview, Northcross admitted to distributing methamphetamine from his motel room during the past five days as well as using methamphetamine earlier in the evening.
During a post Miranda Rights interview, Shillito admitted the last time she had used methamphetamine was a week prior. Woods County Sheriff’s Deputy Jim Jones states in the affidavit that based on his training and experience, he believed Shillito to have been currently under the influence of methamphetamine. Shilliot had dilated pupils, was sweating profusely while standing outside in the cold weather and was observed to be irritable.
Both parties were handcuffed and transported to the Woods County Jail for booking.
A limited records check on Northcross revealed he was convicted in Woods County in a 2019 felony case for distribution of a controlled dangerous substance.
According to court papers, possessing an imitation firearm “is capable of raising in the mind of one threatened with such a device a fear that it was a real firearm.”
Laine Marie Shillito, alias: Laine Marie Holcom, 41, of Taft, has been charged with two misdemeanors: (1) possession of controlled dangerous substance (methamphetamine) and (2) unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia. Bond for Shillito has been set at $1,500, and her next court appearance is Feb. 14.