Tahlequah Daily Press

February 19, 2014

Shoplifting case evolves into meth, pot charges

By JOSH NEWTON
Sports Editor

TAHLEQUAH — A Tahlequah woman remained in jail Tuesday after her arrest on shoplifting charges led officers to methamphetamine and marijuana.

Tasha Degase, 20, was booked into jail Sunday afternoon. Employees at Walmart told Officer Thomas Donnell that Degase was caught stealing baby formula and clothing in the store. Donnell confronted Degase and found a can of baby formula in her purse.

Donnell said Degase first denied that she had any drugs in her purse, but told officers she did have items in her possession. She allegedly revealed a small bag of marijuana that was in her hooded shirt, and officers measured more than 28 grams.

She also gave police two small bags of methamphetamine, totaling just over 2 grams, that were in the same pocket of her shirt.

Degase was booked into jail for possession charges and shoplifting.

jnewton@tahlequahdailypress.com