meth

Charges filed in large meth bust

Two suspects arrested after Pottawatomie County sheriff’s deputies seized about 577 grams of methamphetamine from their vehicle have been formally charged.

Robert Lester Keitz, 26, Checotah, and Danette Lola McNeal, 44, Stigler, are charged in Pottawatomie County District Court with the felony of aggravated trafficking in illegal drugs. They are accused of acting conjointly and knowingly possessing more than one pound of methamphetamine on Aug. 19. They also are charged with the misdemeanor of unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia, accused of having electronic scales, baggies and a glass smoking device.
Both were arrested after they apparently got their pickup stuck along Old Highway 270 near Dale.
Pottawatomie County Sheriff’s Capt. Travis Palmer said in addition to the 577 grams of finished powder, deputies also confiscated about 1.5 pounds of cut product, which would have been about 3.5 pounds of street methamphetamine when finished.
Deputies Mark Burden and Eric Fletcher worked the scene and arrived after a passerby had stopped to help the motorists pull their pickup back onto the road.
Deputies questioned the two traveling in the pickup and let the passerby leave. The male at the scene had no identification and gave deputies several different spellings of his reported name. Once deputies determined his actual name, they discovered he had an outstanding drug arrest warrant in McIntosh County, then the drugs and paraphernalia were found.
Both were booked into the Pottawatomie County Public Safety Center on $50,000 bond.
Thursday, Keitz remained jailed, but McNeal had been released after posting a $50,000 bond.
If convicted of the felony charge, aggravated trafficking is punishable by imprisonment of four years to life and a fine of $50,000 to $500,000. Keitz, who has a former felony conviction, could face eight years to life in prison, if convicted.
The next court date for the defendants hasn’t yet been scheduled.

577 grams of meth seized

Pottawatomie County sheriff’s deputies seized about 577 grams of methamphetamine late Wednesday night and arrested two suspects after they apparently got their pickup stuck along Old Highway 270 near Dale.
Sheriff’s Capt. Travis Palmer said in addition to the 577 grams of finished powder, deputies also confiscated about 1.5 pounds of cut product, which would have been about 3.5 pounds of street methamphetamine when finished.
“That’s a significant amount of methamphetamine,” he said, estimating its street value at about $30,000.
Palmer said this case started when authorities received a call about a woman being on the ground and a man trying to wave down traffic near the North Canadian River bridge east of Dale Wednesday night.
When Deputies Mark Burden and Eric Fletcher arrived, a passerby who had stopped to help the motorists was trying to help them pull their pickup back onto the road.
Deputies questioned the two traveling in the pickup and let the passerby leave. The male at the scene had no identification and gave deputies several different spellings of his reported name, Palmer said. Once deputies determined his actual name, they discovered he had an outstanding arrest warrant in McIntosh County.
As the scene unfolded, deputies located a pipe and a further search of the truck revealed bags that contained methamphetamine — about 577 grams of powder and the cut product, Palmer said. He said deputies arrested Robert Keitz, 26, Checotah, and Danette McNeal, 44, Stigler, at the scene.
Both were booked into the Pottawatomie County Public Safety Center on various drug-related complaints, including trafficking in illegal drugs. Keitz and McNeal remained jailed Thursday on $50,000 bond.
The case will be turned over to the district attorney’s office for consideration of any formal charges. As part of this case, $2,300 in cash also was seized, Palmer said.
Deputies were assisted at the scene by the McLoud Police Department and its drug dog.

Manhunt suspect charged

A Tecumseh man arrested at the end of a manhunt May 6 after allegedly surrendering to police wearing his own handcuffs now faces nine charges, seven of them felonies.
Charles Bryan Wilson, 33, is charged in Pottawatomie County District Court with burglary in the first degree, two counts of feloniously pointing a firearm, two counts of possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony, kidnapping, manufacture of controlled dangerous substance and possession of a firearm after a former conviction.
He also faces misdemeanor charges of assault and battery and unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia.
Multiple law enforcement agencies worked the manhunt east of Tecumseh following a series of events involving Wilson and his reported ex-wife, authorities said.
Pottawatomie County Sheriff’s Capt. Travis Palmer said it all began with word that Wilson was en route from the Pink area to Shawnee and was allegedly making threats to kill his ex-wife. That woman left her home and went to stay with friends at a residence near SH 9 and South Rock Creek Road, Palmer said.
Palmer said Wilson showed up at that home overnight with a shotgun and allegedly kicked in the front door of that home, then dragged his ex-wife out to his truck. Before they could leave, the ex-wife was able to jump out of the pickup. As law enforcement became involved in searching that area for Wilson overnight, Palmer said authorities went to his home and also found what appeared to be a methamphetamine lab there.
As everything began to unfold by 4 a.m., deputies traced a call that Wilson allegedly made after breaking into Rath’s Auto Salvage east of Tecumseh, where a massive manhunt originated about 7 a.m. A perimeter was set up as officers and deputies from multiple agencies scoured the salvage yard and nearby woods, using several police dogs.
When deputies found Wilson just before noon that day, he apparently had his own set of handcuffs with him, Palmer said, and surrendered to his knees with his wrists cuffed in front of him.
As far as the charges, Wilson is accused of kicking in the front door of the home on May 6. He’s also accused of kidnapping his ex-wife from that same home with intent to cause her to be confined against her will. For the two counts of feloniously pointing a firearm, he is accused of pointing a shotgun at a man there and at his ex-wife.
He’s also accused of manufacturing methamphetamine at his home and for being a felon is possession of a pistol.
Wilson remained jailed on $100,000 bond Wednesday night at the Pottawatomie County Public Safety Center. His next court date is set for June 4.
If convicted of the charges, punishment ranges vary from one to 20 years in prison for each of the nine counts filed, and up to a $50,000 fine for manufacturing methamphetamine.

Methamphetamine arrests keep authorities busy

Six people were arrested Saturday night after sheriff’s deputies went to a Shawnee home to serve a felony arrest warrant and ended up finding about 25 grams of methamphetamine. In a separate case the same night, Shawnee police officers arrested a suspect after finding a meth lab at another Shawnee home.

Pottawatomie County Sheriff’s Capt. Travis Palmer said deputies from Seminole County came to Shawnee to serve an outstanding drug court warrant. Shawnee police officers were tied up on other calls, Palmer said, so Pottawatomie County Deputies Eric Fletcher and Joe Leeds, with his K-9 Judo, went with Seminole deputies to a home at 218 W. 35th Street.

When deputies approached the house about 7:40 p.m. and knocked on the front door, he said one person tried to leave out the back door but was deterred by Leeds’ drug dog.
Palmer said they could see meth everywhere inside that house. The owner of the home gave deputies a consent to search; about 25 grams of methamphetmaine was found and seized, along with scales, syringes and baggies, Palmer said.

Six people inside that home were arrested at the scene. Palmer said five of them went to the Pottawatomie County Public Safety Center on drug-related complaints and a female suspect was turned over to Seminole County deputies because of an arrest warrant from that county.  “Twenty-five grams is a lot of meth to take off the streets,” Palmer said.
The case will be turned over to the district attorney for consideration of charges.

A short time later, Deputies Fletcher and Leeds made another drug arrest near that area.
Fletcher made a traffic stop at Kickapoo and MacArthur streets because a vehicle had no tail lights, Palmer said. Deputy Leeds and Judo also stopped, Palmer said, and Judo alerted to narcotics on the vehicle. After a search, about 9 grams of meth was found in that vehicle, Palmer said. The driver, a Prague man, was arrested on drug-related complaints.

Shawnee police officers also found a methamphetamine lab Saturday night at 1136 E. Main.  Shawnee Officer Jeb Rollins and Cpl. John Goss received information about a meth lab, so a search warrant was obtained for that home.

During a search, officers found remains and chemicals of a meth lab and one suspect was arrested. The District Attorney’s Drug Task Force assisted with the packaging and clean up of the toxic substances at that scene.