Tahlequah Daily Press

October 25, 2013

DTF agents make arrests

By JOSH NEWTON
Staff Writer

KEYS — Drug task force agents seized crystal meth, marijuana, drug paraphernalia and thousands of dollars in cash early Thursday morning near Lake Tenkiller.

District 27 Drug and Violent Crimes Task Force Director Mike Moore said agents busted 43-year-old Shawn A. Peters and 40-year-old Dusty Dawn Rollice at about 4 a.m. at a residence east of Keys, at the end of a dead-end road.

“Tips led us to the house, and we received enough information to get a no-knock, nighttime search warrant, which is kind of rare,” Moore said. “It’s been believed for a period of time that [Peters] was dealing illegal narcotics. We felt like this one could have been dangerous.”

Until recently, authorities had been unable to gain the probable cause they needed to serve a warrant at Peters’ residence, Moore said. Once that probable cause was obtained, authorities decided to serve their warrant in the early morning hours.

Peters and Rollice were both “belligerent” toward investigators when they made their way into the home, according to Moore. Peters refused to comply and was ultimately tazed.

Members of the Cherokee Nation Marshal Service SWAT team first entered and secured the home, Moore said. Other agencies involved in the raid included the District 27 DTF, Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office, and Tahlequah Police Department.

Peters and Rollice were both booked into the Cherokee County Detention Center.

Moore said agents seized a “sizable amount” of crystal meth; a “small amount” of marijuana; and $5,000 in cash that was stored with the meth.

“And we found a lot of glass smoking pipes,” said Moore. “He was dealing, we believe. He was so confident he didn’t even hide the stuff.”

Bond had not been set on Peters or Rollice as of Thursday.

Court records show Peters was charged with endeavoring to manufacture a controlled dangerous substance and unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia in 2008. Two years later, the endeavoring charge was reduced to possession of CDS in exchange for a guilty plea, and Peters was given a five-year suspended sentence.

Several charges that had been filed against Peters in 2004, including unlawful possession of a controlled drug and unlawful possession of marijuana, were ultimately dismissed by state prosecutors, records show.

Rollice was charged with endeavoring to manufacture a controlled dangerous substance, unlawful possession of controlled drug with intent to distribute, and unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia in 2008; and with unlawful possession of a controlled drug with intent to distribute, possession of marijuana, possession of paraphernalia, and eluding a police officer in 2004. In 2006, prosecutors dismissed the latter charges without prejudice, court records show.

In 2001, Rollice was charged with possession of a controlled dangerous substance in the presence of a child under 12, and possession of a firearm while committing a felony.

She pleaded no contest to those charges and was placed on probation, according to court records.

jnewton@tahlequahdailypress.com