Tahlequah Daily Press

December 17, 2013

Drug Task Force arrests pair for making meth

By JOSH NEWTON
Staff Writer

TAHLEQUAH — Two people were jailed early Monday morning in the Tenkiller Harbor area after authorities served a warrant and discovered two small methamphetamine labs.

Cherokee County sheriff’s deputies and other members of the District 27 Drug and Violent Crimes Task Force met at 6 a.m. and prepared to serve the warrant at a home off of South Indian Road.

Sheriff’s Deputy Dexter Scott said investigators received information that residents of the home were involved in manufacturing meth.

Dusty Kayl Skaggs, 36, of Webbers Falls, and Misty Marie Hayes-Paden, 43, of Muskogee, were found inside the trailer home when authorities arrived. Both were arrested and transported to jail for two counts of endeavoring to manufacture, possession of controlled dangerous substance, possession of paraphernalia, and possession of marijuana.

Deputies also added a charge of theft of utilities after discovering the two had used an extension cord to get electricity from a nearby electric pole.

During a search of the home, investigators discovered two small meth labs, along with a box of products commonly used in manufacturing meth. Officers also found a small amount of marijuana and devices associated with the use and production of meth, they said.

Court records show Skaggs has previously been charged in Muskogee County with felony counts of possessing a controlled dangerous substance, endeavoring to manufacture, and possessing a controlled dangerous substance with the intent to distribute.

Hayes-Paden was charged earlier this year with endeavoring to manufacture in Muskogee County. She was also charged 11 years ago with endeavoring to manufacture a controlled dangerous substance.

jnewton@tahlequahdailypress.com