Tahlequah Daily Press

May 10, 2013

Man nailed on drug charges

Staff Writer

TAHLEQUAH — A Tahlequah man was booked into the Cherokee County Detention Center on complaints of drug possession following a traffic stop May 8.

Kerry Mitchell Ray, 53, failed to stop at a stop sign near the intersection of Maple and Tanglewood when police signaled for Ray to pull his Dodge Ram pickup to the side of the road.

Ray informed police that his driver’s license was suspended, said Tahlequah Patrolman Luke Hixon.

“I ran it through our dispatcher, who confirmed that it was suspended. Then I called for [K9] Officer [Cory] Keele to bring his dog,” Hixon said. “[Ray] had a half-ounce of crystal meth, an ounce of marijuana, a loaded firearm, a glass meth pipe, a marijuana pipe, scales and stuff to sell it. We seized his vehicle, and $1,100 in cash.”

The firearm was identified Heritage Rough Rider .22-caliber revolver.

“And it was loaded,” said Hixon. “[Ray] has an extensive history of drug arrests. His last arrest was Feb. 4, 2012. He had a DUI of liquor and drugs. That same arrest he also had possession of CDS without a tax stamp and using an offensive weapon in the commission of a felony.”

Hixon said Ray was also in possession of a police scanner at the time of his arrest around 9 p.m. on Wednesday.

Keele said his K9 Dutch shepherd, “Bo,” responded to a piece of luggage resting in the bed of Ray’s pickup.

“He alerted on a black suitcase in the back of the truck,” he said.

 “He’s trained on all narcotic odors, and he gave us the right to search the vehicle for drugs.”

Hixon said the TPD was alerted by the District 27 Drug Task Force to be on the lookout for Ray, who was reported to have “picked up a load of dope.”