(Stillwater, Okla.) – A Cushing man and his teenage girlfriend, who were arrested by Payne County Sheriff’s Deputy Dakota Murley in Stillwater where they were reportedly staying in a hotel, have been charged with possession of methamphetamine with intent to distribute.
Katelynn Michelle Hancock, 19, whose bail was set at $10,000, and Scott Anthony Harris, 27, whose bail was set at $15,000, both remained in the Payne County Jail this afternoon pending their arraignments on Thursday, a sheriff’s spokesman told KUSH.
If convicted of possessing the drug with intent to distribute, the couple could be imprisoned for five years to life and fined as much as $100,000, according to the charges filed last week.
Both were arrested about 1 a.m. on May 9 at Airport and Jardot Streets in Stillwater after a traffic stop, the deputy wrote in an affidavit.
“While speaking with the driver (Harris), I smelled a strong odor emitting from the vehicle that I know from training and experience to be raw marijuana,” the deputy alleged in an affidavit.
“We have also received numerous tips that Mr. Harris is heavily involved in buying/selling of drugs,” the deputy alleged in his affidavit.
“He advised the vehicle belonged to his girlfriend, who was the front seat passenger,” the affidavit alleged.
Asked to provide a current insurance card, “Hancock opened the glove box in front of her and began fumbling through papers. I observed a small clear baggy that had a green leafy substance in it that I believed to be raw marijuana,” the deputy alleged in his affidavit.
After the deputy walked Harris to his patrol car and went back to tell Hancock to exit her vehicle, “She did so; however the green leafy substance was no longer visible in the glove box,” the affidavit alleged.
“I asked Hancock where the marijuana went that was in the glove box. She replied the only marijuana inside the vehicle was in a blunt that she just threw out the passenger window,” the deputy alleged in his affidavit.
“I went to the passenger side of the vehicle and located a small rolled cigar blunt laying on the ground near the passenger side door,” the deputy alleged in his affidavit.
“I asked her about the marijuana and she advised it was her marijuana and they were going to a friend’s house in Thomasville to hang out. Thomasville is a small lower-income housing addition just north of Airport on Jardot and is a common area for drug activity. I asked where they were coming from and she advised the hotel in Stillwater they were staying at,” the deputy alleged in his affidavit.
During a search of the vehicle, methamphetamine was allegedly located, the affidavit said.
“I took Harris’ and Hancock’s phones and wallets and secured them in my patrol car,” the deputy wrote in his affidavit.
While the deputy was waiting for a wrecker, Harris’s phone kept receiving messages and calls, the affidavit alleged.
“I observed the messages being sent to him were drug-related. I observed a couple messages from people asking when and where they could buy their dope and they needed to get high,” the deputy alleged in his affidavit.
“Given Harris’s past drug history and known for selling drugs, I placed the phone in airplane mode and secured it, in order to write a search warrant to get the phone information dumped,” the deputy alleged in his affidavit.
On the way to the jail, Hancock said she had methamphetamine in her pants, which were subsequently searched by a female detention officer, the affidavit alleged.
“The baggies seized from Hancock’s pants field-tested positive for methamphetamine and weighed 7.5 grams each. Fifteen grams of methamphetamine is not a user amount,” and is equivalent to 150 doses, the affidavit alleged.
“I asked her about the methamphetamine found in her pants and she claimed ownership and advised it was her personal use. She became difficult to question and did not want to cooperate, so I ended the interview and she was escorted back to the jail. Harris did not want to be interviewed,” the deputy wrote in his affidavit.
“I believe both Harris and Hancock were co-jointly participating in the selling of illegal drugs,” the deputy wrote in his affidavit.