A 58-year-old Ardmore man who faces a May trial in a 2013 case charging him with possession of methamphetamine and illegal possession of a firearm is now also scheduled for a preliminary hearing next month on similar charges that were filed against him earlier this month.
First Assistant District Attorney Heather Cooper said Tuesday a preliminary hearing for Steven Watterson will be May 29. Watterson was charged earlier this month with two counts of distribution of a controlled dangerous substance (methamphetamine) and unlawful possession of CDS (methamphetamine) with intent to distribute based on a joint investigation conducted by narcotics officers assigned to the Carter County Sheriff’s Office and Ardmore Police Department. The investigation culminated in a search warrant served at Watterson’s O Street NE residence April 14.
Calling Watterson’s arrest “not his first rodeo,” Carter County Sheriff Milton Anthony said at the time the search warrant yielded plastic baggies containing “a crystal-like substance that field tested as meth.” Watterson was free on a $60,000 bond at the time of his April arrest, and Anthony confirmed the investigation showed “he’d been at it for some time.”
The sheriff said the investigation was made possible by citizens’ tips called into both departments.
“This is a perfect example of why it is so important we have the cooperation of citizens who observe first hand what is going on in their neighborhoods and want drugs taken off the streets and roads throughout the county. We have to have information that gives us probable cause to investigate, like the tips that were called in in this case. It’s what not only enables us to carry out investigations, but get results,” Anthony said.
Watterson now remains detained at the Carter County Detention Center pending the posting of a $50,000 bond set on the latest charges against him.