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October 17, 2012

Five charged for manufacturing meth

TAHLEQUAH — Five people have been charged for allegedly working together to manufacture methamphetamine at a Park Hill home last month.

Arthur J. Adney, 48; Emily Michael Bright, 25; Marietta L. McCann, 50; Ben Alan Converse, 32; and Tena Stover, 52, each face charges of endeavoring to manufacture a controlled dangerous substance.

All five were arrested last month when the District 27 Drug Task Force Team went to the home in search of Adney, who fled a Tahlequah home in August with Bright after a shed caught fire. Bright was captured, and she and Adney were later charged for manufacturing meth, but investigators had not been able to locate Adney since that time. Adney was also charged with second-degree arson.

Authorities received a tip Adney was staying at Stover’s home in the Park Hill area and went to the home, where they reportedly found Adney hiding under a blanket. Converse was allegedly found hiding in the attic under insulation, and McCann, Stover and Bright were in the house. A one-pot methamphetamine lab was found at the home, authorities said.

Investigators said Stover admitted Adney had been staying at the home for about a month. Converse, Stover, McCann and Bright all allegedly admitted to investigators they had purchased various items, including pseudoephedrine pills and cold packs, for Adney so he could cook meth. Some of them received cash or meth in exchange for buying the pills, they said.

Bright allegedly admitted she’d been purchasing pseudoephedrine for Adney, who would then cook meth to help her pay her bail bondsman.

Investigators said Adney had four knives in his possession when he was arrested, along with a substantial amount of ammunition.

He reportedly told them Bright had nothing to do with what was discovered at the home, but after being read his rights, decided not to make any other statements to authorities.

Adney and Bright were both held with no bond; McCann was given a $20,000 bond; and Converse and Stover were given $30,000 bonds.

They have all pleaded not guilty, and are set to be back in court Oct. 24 in front of Special District Judge Holli Wells.

Endeavoring to manufacture a controlled dangerous substance is punishable by seven years to life in prison and a fine of not less than $50,000.

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