Tahlequah Daily Press

October 7, 2013

Traffic stop nets drug cache

By JOSH NEWTON
Staff Writer

TAHLEQUAH — Tahlequah police arrested two men late Thursday night after a traffic stop led officers to methamphetamine, hydrocodone, and marijuana.

Officer Cory Keele was watching traffic near Choctaw and West when he noticed a vehicle traveling 47 mph in a 25 mph zone. Keele tried to stop the vehicle, and it eventually turned into a residential driveway.

Antonio R. Golden, 32, was driving the vehicle, and 20-year-old Nathan Harrington was in the passenger seat. Keele said he informed Golden he would be getting a written warning for the speed violation, and Golden began to tell Keele he was his “friend” and asked if he remembered him. Golden allegedly asked to leave several times, and pleaded with Keele not to arrest him or give him a ticket.

Harrington appeared to be nervous, Keele wrote in his arrest affidavit, and would only stare straight ahead. Harrington’s hands were shaking as Keele spoke with Golden.

Golden eventually admitted he didn’t have a driver’s license.

“Even after I advised Golden I was just going to write a warning, he continued to plead with me and would not let me talk,” Keele said. “I noticed that Golden’s hands were shaking and he kept talking about having to leave.”

Golden allegedly tried to change the subject as he and Keele talked about where Golden and Harrington were coming from, and “continued to plead with [Keele] about going to jail.”

When Keele spoke to Harrington, he allegedly told the officer he didn’t know where he and Golden came from because he had been sleeping.

Keele decided to search the car with permission from its owner and found a clear bag between the center console and passenger seat. The bag contained a green, leafy residue, Keele said. Officers also found a green bud identified as marijuana on the driver’s seat.

Golden was placed under arrest. Keele searched Golden and found two hydrocodone pills, a bag of marijuana and a bag of methamphetamine in Golden’s pocket.

Golden was arrested for possession of methamphetamine, possession of marijuana, and possession of a controlled dangerous substance with no valid prescription.

Harrington was arrested for public intoxication. Officers searched Harrington and found a cigar filled with marijuana in his cargo pocket, so the charge of possessing marijuana was also added to his arrest.

jnewton@tahlequahdailypress.com