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October 30, 2013

Bond set in mini-meth lab case

Suspect allegedly tried to hide the ‘lab’ in his pants

TAHLEQUAH — An area man who allegedly tried to hide part of a small methamphetamine lab in the front of his pants last Friday has been given a $100,000 bond.

Mark Whitekiller, 47, is being held at the Cherokee County Detention Center on charges of endeavoring to manufacture methamphetamine, possession of a controlled dangerous substance and child endangerment. He was one of 15 people arrested last Friday when local, state and federal agents conducted a county-wide warrant sweep.

When authorities pulled up to a residence in Hulbert looking for a fugitive, Whitekiller was standing outside and fled into the home. Witnesses told investigators that Whitekiller began throwing various items as he ran through the house and locked himself into a bathroom.

Authorities later arrested Whitekiller, who told them he was trying to use the toilet, and took him outside the house to talk with him. Meanwhile, according to investigators, a search of the home turned up an active shake-and-bake meth lab that was in a “dangerous” stage of production, and a bag full of various meth ingredients and tools used to make meth.

The bag was found in a children’s room at the back of the house.

As Sheriff’s Deputy Daniel Pruitt conducted a patdown on Whitekiller, the suspect began to fidget. When asked what he was trying to hide, Whitekiller told investigators it was nothing.

“D-mn, I’m just trying to adjust my underwear!” Whitekiller told them.

But according to investigators, they later discovered Whitekiller had the top of a meth generator tucked into his crotch area. Generators typically include acid and salt or tinfoil, according to investigators, so Whitekiller could have burned himself by putting part of the generator into his groin area.

The shake-and-bake bottle was taken outside of the home, which was occupied by children, and dismantled. Investigators said they discovered a bag of a white substance that tested positive as methamphetamine.

Whitekiller first denied the meth lab was his, but later said it was, and told investigators he had only a 1-gallon container of acid.

A woman in the house, 28-year-old Ashla D. McKee, was also arrested for endeavoring to manufacture, child endangerment, possession of a controlled dangerous substance and possession of drug paraphernalia. Investigators allege McKee retrieved her box of drug-related items from a spot that was about 5 feet from a sleeping child.

jnewton@tahlequahdailypress.com

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