By JOSH NEWTON
Three area residents were arrested Tuesday evening after a traffic stop led to the discovery of methamphetamine, which the passengers claimed had been left behind by a vehicle thief.
Tahlequah Officer Cory Keele stopped a car on South Muskogee Avenue and found Kylie Owens, 20, of Tahlequah, behind the wheel. Keele said there were also two passengers – 23-year-old Tyler Smith, of Hulbert, and 25-year-old Benjamin P. Brown, of Tahlequah, who first allegedly provided officers with a fake name.
Owens appeared to be intoxicated, Keele said, and a portable breath test indicated she had been drinking. Owens was arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol while under age 21.
Canine Officer Bo was sent around the vehicle and reacted to the car, suggesting to officers there could be narcotics inside.
Keele began searching the car, and when trying to get into the truck, found a zippered bag with a “large amount” of methamphetamine. Brown and Smith were both taken into custody.
According to Keele, the three suspects claimed the car had been stolen a few weeks before “and [the meth] must have been left there by the thief.”
Later, Brown allegedly confessed the name he had given officers was a fake. Keele said a check revealed Brown was being sought on a warrant.
The bag found in the car also had two bags of a crystal substance, a broken glass pipe wrapped in two socks, a knife shaped like a gun, a plastic spoon with a residue, and other items, Keele reported.
Owens was booked into jail for driving under the influence of alcohol, defective tail light, possession of methamphetamine with intent to distribute, possession of drug paraphernalia, and possession of a concealed weapon.
Smith and Brown were charged with possession of methamphetamine with intent to distribute, possession of drug paraphernalia, and possession of a concealed weapon.