Tahlequah Daily Press

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June 10, 2014

Police: Man tries to ditch methamphetamine

TAHLEQUAH — Tahlequah police say a local man tried to ditch a bag containing methamphetamine when officers stopped him Friday, and his efforts led a judge to have the suspect held without bond.

Officer Cory Keele was patrolling near South Mission after 2 a.m. Friday when he noticed a truck driving slowly through the neighborhoods. Keele said the truck driver accelerated and later failed to use his turn signal as he turned onto the bypass.

Keele tried to stop the driver – later identified as 42-year-old Leonard J. Wilkins – but Wilkins drove about 50 feet before he stopped near Stick Ross Mountain Road.

“Wilkins was nervous and gave a conflicting story” about his travel plans, Keele said.

Canine Officer Bo was deployed and gave Keele a positive alert on Wilkins’ vehicle. Keele searched and found multiple air fresheners, Q-tips, and multiple money bags and zip pouches, along with a number of receipts from the Osage Casino – but no narcotics.

Wilkins was allowed to leave, but Keele retraced the 50 feet of road Wilkins had driven when Keele first tried to make the traffic stop. Keele said he found, on the side of the road, a zippered Osage Casino pouch with a broken glass pipe and a bag of a white, crystal substance.

Keele saw Wilkins in the Wal-Mart parking lot and attempted to make another stop.

“Wilkins then tried to make a turnabout in the Wal-Mart parking lot, so I initiated my lights and pulled in front of his vehicle,” said Keele. “I ordered Wilkins from the driver’s seat and he asked me why. I advised him I found his methamphetamine on the side of the road and he slumped over in a defeated manner and spoke softly stating, ‘It wasn’t mine,’ ‘you didn’t find anything of mine.’”

But Keele said Wilkins did not seem upset or surprised at what the officer had discovered.

Wilkins was booked into jail for possession of methamphetamine, possession of drug paraphernalia, and destruction of evidence.

Booking records show Special District Judge Holli Wells denied Wilkins a bond on his arrest.

Court records show Wilkins has previously been charged with possession of paraphernalia, unlawful possession of a controlled drug without a prescription, public intoxication, possession of a controlled substance, unlawful purchasing or acquiring of pseudoephedrine, endeavoring to manufacture a controlled dangerous substance, possession of a controlled dangerous drug with intent to distribute, along with firearms charges and others.

jnewton@tahlequahdailypress.com

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