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May 6, 2014

Traffic stop spurs arrest in meth case

TAHLEQUAH — Tahlequah police say an early-morning traffic stop over the weekend led them to methamphetamine.

Officer Cory Keele stopped 47-year-old Eric Shankles at about 3 a.m. Saturday. Keele said he noticed that Shankles was holding something in his hand, and appeared to be trying to conceal it from the officer. Shankles was also shaking and his voice trembled, Keele reported.

Shankles was arrested when Keele learned he had a suspended driver’s license.

Keele said he noticed Q-tips, lighters and metal spoons throughout the car. Canine officer Bo was deployed and gave Keele a positive alert.

Keele said he searched Shankles’ vehicle and found a syringe, metal spoon with residue, glass pipe with residue, a metal point, and a Q-tip inside a glasses case under the driver’s seat.

Shankles was booked into jail for driving under suspension, possession of methamphetamine and possession of drug paraphernalia.

jnewton@tahlequahdailypress.com

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