Warrant Service: Steelman Estates

There is currently an increased presence in law enforcement in the Steelman Estates Edition near Hwy 102 and Independence in Shawnee.  Deputies along with assisting law enforcement agencies are attempting to serve a warrant for an individual’s arrest.  Sheriff Mike Booth wanted everyone in the area who might have concern to be assured there is no danger at this time and in the event that status changes law enforcement on scene will notify residents appropriately.

Six charged with trafficking in illegal drugs

Six people arrested March 14 after sheriff’s deputies found about 25 grams of methamphetamine while serving an arrest warrant at a Shawnee home are now charged with trafficking in illegal drugs.


The felony case was filed Monday in Pottawatomie County District Court.
Charged conjointly are: Bradley Dewayne Vakilzadeh, 34, Seminole; Rodney Phillip Aird, 41, Seminole; Ryan Wayne West, 42, Shawnee; Edward William House, 42, Shawnee; Michael Ray Tinney, 24, Norman; and Ashley Brown, 21, address unknown.

All six were charged with trafficking in illegal drugs and are accused of knowingly trafficking methamphetamine on March 14, charges show.
If convicted, each defendant could face imprisonment from four years to life as well as a fine of $25,000 to $200,000.

Pottawatomie County Sheriff’s Capt. Travis Palmer said deputies from Seminole County came to Shawnee March 14 to serve two outstanding drug court warrants. Pottawatomie County deputies went with them to the home because Shawnee police officers were busy on other calls.

Deputies Eric Fletcher and Joe Leeds, with his K-9 Judo, went with Seminole deputies to the 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 the deputies could see meth everywhere inside the house. The owner of the home gave deputies a consent to search; about 25 grams of methamphetamine was found and seized, along with scales, syringes and baggies, Palmer said.

The suspects arrested at the scene were taken to the Pottawatomie County Public Safety Center on drug-related complaints; one female suspect was turned over to Seminole County deputies because of an arrest warrant from that county, Palmer said.  Five of the six defendants charged in this case remained jailed Monday with bonds set as follows: Vakilzadeh, $200,000; Aird, $100,000; West, $100,000; House, $35,000; and Tinney, $25,000.
The next court dates for these defendants haven’t been scheduled.

Missing Tecumseh teen, alleged kidnapper found in Washington

A 14-year-old Tecumseh girl, missing since Feb. 2., and the 40-year-old man who reportedly took her, were found in the state of Washington Saturday afternoon during a routine traffic stop.  Lt. J. R. Kidney of the Tecumseh Police Department said that James Joseph Reimer, 40, was arrested during a routine traffic stop by the Washington State Highway Patrol. The Tecumseh teenager, Deborah Kalai Fourzan, 14, was with him at the time and Kidney said he was told the girl was believed to be safe and not harmed.  He said both Fourzan and Reimer, who has turned 41 since he left town with the teen, were taken to the Grays Harbor Sheriff’s Department in Montesano, Wash., about 50 miles from where Reimer was stopped and arrested. The arrest took place near the small town of Hoquiam, Wash., Kidney said, and he was informed by a sergeant with the state’s highway patrol Kidney said that Reimer was arrested and is being held on a $100,000 warrant that was filed in Pottawatomie County by District Attorney Richard Smothermon here on the day the teenager left with Reimer. That warrant specifically accuses Reimer of soliciting sexual conduct or communication with a minor by the use of technology.
Fourzan was last seen about 8 a.m. on Feb. 2 at Tecumseh High School, Kidney has stated.  Kidney said Saturday night that last Thursday he signed kidnapping charges against Reimer and he expects those to be filed by the DA possibly as early as Monday. Although investigators believe Fourzan went willingly with Reimer, because of her age, she can’t do that legally, Kidney said.  The Tecumseh officer said it was his understanding the traffic stop took place about 4 p.m. Washington time which would put it around 6 p.m. in Oklahoma. He said that FBI agents in the state of Washington probably would be headed either Sunday or Monday to the sheriff’s office where the teen and Reimer were being held Saturday night. He said it was his understanding the FBI planned to talk to both the teenager and Reimer.
No charges have been filed against Fourzan for anything, Kidney said Saturday night.  Kidney told the News-Star late Saturday evening he had visited by phone with an FBI agent in Norman who had been in contact with the FBI in Washington state. He said the FBI was investigating to determine if federal charges against Reimer might be warranted.  Reimer reportedly had worked at a convenience store at SH 102 and SH 9, but had not been seen there since Feb. 2. Kidney said the Pottawatomie County sheriff’s office is investigating the theft of several thousand dollars from that store which allegedly occurred on that date as well.  Kidney indicated that extradition of Reimer would be sought. And he said hopefully the teen’s family would be able to pick up her as early as Monday.