Tahlequah Daily Press

March 20, 2014

Trio apprehended on drug charges

By JOSH NEWTON
Staff Writer

TAHLEQUAH — Three Tahlequah residents were jailed early Wednesday morning after a traffic stop revealed methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia.

Tahlequah K-9 Officer Cory Keele said he was driving on the State Highway 51 bypass when he stopped a truck for an out-of-date temporary tag.

Keele said 52-year-old Jeffrey Fox, who was behind the wheel, claimed he had been at work. According to Keele, Fox’s voice “trembled” and his hands were shaking.

Two women – 49-year-old Rebecca Hurst and 28-year-old Jamie Walker – were riding as passengers with Fox. Keele began running identifications with a dispatcher and learned Fox had a suspended license.

“I walked [back] up to the maroon truck and noticed an odor emanating from the vehicle,” Keele said.

The three were asked to step out and Keele’s canine partner, Bo, was taken around the truck. Bo gave Keele a positive alert to something inside the truck.

Keele said he searched the truck and found a a zipper case with a syringe containing a clear liquid; a bag with five orange pills; two straws with a residue; and six clear bags with a residue inside. More searching led to the discovery of a magnetic key box in the driver’s side-door pocket, and the box contained a clear bag with a white, powdery residue.

“I asked the [three] about the items found and asked who they belonged to, and all the subjects stated they did not know,” Keele wrote in his arrest affidavit.

All three were arrested for possession of methamphetamine and possession of drug paraphernalia. Fox was given a $10,000 bond, while Hurst and Walker were given $15,000 bonds. All three were released from jail Wednesday afternoon.

jnewton@tahlequahdailypress.com