An  Ardmore woman is free on bond after being charged with operating a “crack house” out of her N Street NE home.

An  Ardmore woman is free on bond after being charged with operating a “crack house” out of her N Street NE home.

Deborah Crelia, 54, was taken into custody without incident Thursday by Ardmore Police Department narcotics officers during a raid on her residence, located in the 300 block of N Street NE.

According to Robin Beal, APD public information officer, officers obtained a search warrant for the house after conducting an investigation into numerous citizen complaints that Crelia was selling illicit drugs. Carter County Sheriff’s Department deputies assisted in the execution of the search warrant.

“Upon entering the home, officers were able to determine that the residence was indeed a distribution point for illegal substances, specifically crack cocaine,” Beal said.

While the search warrant did not yield a large amount of crack cocaine, Beal said officers did locate “evidence of drug distribution which included scales, bags and cutting instruments. They also uncovered evidence which suggested the manufacturing of crack cocaine had taken place.”
Along with the drug distribution evidence, two handguns were also seized during the raid, along with $700 cash.

Crelia was booked into the Carter County Detention Center on a series of pending felony charges. Friday the district attorney’s office filed formal charges of maintaining a dwelling for the keeping/use/selling of a controlled dangerous substance, possession of a controlled dangerous substance and possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony. She made an initial appearance in district court Friday afternoon. Bond was set at $19,000. A spokesperson for the county jail said Crelia was released shortly after her court appearance when she posted bond.

Ardmore residents are urged to report any concerns of illegal drug activity in their neighborhoods or around their businesses. Those with information should call narcotics officers at (580) 226-9712, police headquarters at (580) 223-1212.  Tips and complaints can also be made online at  Look for the “Report Narcotics Activity” button on the right-hand side of the page. Those making complaints or providing tips can remain anonymous.

Marsha Miller 221-6529