A Lone Grove man and an Ardmore man were netted in separate weekend drug investigations conducted by the Carter County Sheriff’s Department’s Narcotics Division.
Sheriff Milton Anthony said Dylan Howell, 25, was arrested Saturday and 50-year-old Jerry Martin was arrested Sunday in cases that resulted in the seizure of marijuana and methamphetamine.
Howell was arrested when deputies assigned to the narcotics division acted on an anonymous tip that he was selling marijuana from his Lone Grove residence.
“When the deputies pulled up in his driveway, they found Howell was sitting in a vehicle. He was advised why they were there and he agreed to hand over the marijuana,” Anthony said, adding Lone Grove police officers assisted at the scene.
Howell was also discovered in possession of a handgun. He was booked into the Carter County Detention Center. He was formally charged by the district attorney’s office Monday with possession of a controlled dangerous substance (marijuana) with intent to distribute and possession of a firearm in the commission of a felony. Howell made an initial appearance in Carter County District Court Monday afternoon. Special District Judge Thomas Baldwin ordered Howell released on a personal recognizance bond. A preliminary conference to determine if he will seek a preliminary hearing is set for May 27.
Martin was arrested Sunday at his A Street NE residence as the result of another anonymous tip.
“The tip provided information that people were going to his residence and purchasing methamphetamine,” Anthony said.
Deputies went to the residence and knocked on the door. Anthony said a woman answered the door and the investigators asked to speak to the occupant of the house.
“She said she would get him and closed the door. Deputies heard someone running through the house and a toilet flushing. The door was opened and the deputies spoke with Martin who denied he was in possession of any drugs. However, deputies retrieved a bag, containing 28 grams of crystal meth, from the toilet that had not been flushed,” the sheriff said.
Martin was taken into custody without incident. At the time of his arrest, he was also found in possession of a firearm. Martin was also booked into the CCDC and formally charged Monday with trafficking methamphetamine and possession of a firearm in the commission of a felony. He also made an initial appearance before Baldwin, who set bond on the charges at $60,000. A preliminary conference in Martin’s case is also set for May 27.
Martin remained jailed Tuesday pending the posting of bond and/or the outcome of the case against him.
The sheriff confirmed the woman found at the house at the time of Martin’s arrest was taken into custody on outstanding warrants unrelated to the drug case.
Anthony again commended the citizens who provided the anonymous tips that led to the two weekend arrests.
“This is further proof that information provided by citizens does lead to investigations and does lead to arrests. I continue to encourage anyone who sees activity they think may be related to the sale of narcotics to call and report it. Citizen tips are a vital component in the war on drugs,” he said.
Anyone with information should call (580) 223-6014.