Six charged with trafficking in illegal drugs

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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.