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October 17, 2012

Matlock hit with drug charges

TAHLEQUAH — Prosecutors have formally filed charges against a Welling man who was snared last month as part of a county warrant sweep.

Larry Earl Matlock, 54, is charged with endeavoring to manufacture a controlled dangerous substance and possession of a controlled dangerous substance.

A group of law enforcement officers went to Matlock’s residence in the Welling area early on Sept. 20 to arrest Matlock on four outstanding warrants, but he refused to exit his travel trailer.

Officers later forced their way inside to arrest Matlock. Investigators said they found a two-layer liquid outside the trailer and a red-phosphorus methamphetamine lab inside the trailer.

Prosecutors allege Matlock has shown a pattern of illegal use of narcotics, and that his arrest in September was the fourth related to charges of endeavoring to manufacture meth.

Matlock was reportedly set to enter a plea agreement last January in exchange for a prison sentence in the state Department of Corrections, but failed to appear in court.

Prosecutors allege Matlock is a flight risk and has demonstrated his willingness to avoid prosecution, and is a risk to the public’s safety.

Matlock has pleaded not guilty to the charges and is being held without bond. He is set to be back in court Nov. 5 in front of Associate District Judge Mark Dobbins for a felony sounding docket.

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