Ardmore narcotics officers wrapped up a two-week investigation Wednesday morning when they served a search warrant at a drug court participant’s northeast side residence, arrested him and seized methamphetamine and cash.
Cpl. Phil Shepard, APD Narcotics Division, said Larry Blundell was taken into custody without incident. Blundell’s arrest came shortly after the warrant was executed at his residence, located in the unit block of 7th Avenue NE. He was booked into the Carter County Detention Center pending charges, including possession of a controlled dangerous substance (methamphetamine) with intent to distribute and maintaining a dwelling for the sale, keeping and using of CDS.
Shepard said the undercover probe that led to the search warrant was launched based on a tip from a concerned citizen that Blundell was selling narcotics from his residence. The search warrant yielded more than 9 grams of methamphetamine and $700 cash believed to be drug sale proceeds. Reports concerning the investigation and the results of the search warrant are expected to be turned over to the district attorney’s office for review this morning.
The 50-year-old Blundell’s criminal history stretches to 1998 and includes convictions ranging from burglary and possession of stolen property to possession of marijuana with intent to distribute and a 2012 case of possession of methamphetamine. The 2012 case resulted in a guilty plea in October 2013 when Blundell was sentenced to drug court. It’s a sentence he is currently suppose to be fulfilling.
Prosecutors could file charges connected to the search warrant/seizure/arrest as early as today. If charges are filed today, it’s possible Blundell will make an initial appearance in district court this afternoon. A conviction could also affect the sentence he garnered as a result of his 2013 guilty plea.
Shepard said the tip provided by the concerned citizen was the catalyst needed to set the recent investigation into motion.
“I can’t stress enough how important tips from citizens are. We can’t be everywhere all the time. Citizens are our extra eyes and ears. When they report what they see and hear, it oftentimes results in investigations that led to quick arrests,” he said. “We want people to know all tips are important, and we do act on that information. One more thing that’s also important is that citizens don’t have to give their names, their addresses or their telephone numbers. Information can be disclosed anonymously.”
Anyone with information regarding suspicious activity can be reported by calling the APD Narcotics Division at (580) 226-9712 or police headquarters at (580) 223-1212.