A 31-year-old Ardmore man and his 22-year-old female companion, who allegedly were using a local motel room as a methamphetamine distribution center, were arrested late Thursday in a joint raid conducted by Ardmore Police Department and Carter County Sheriff’s Department narcotics officers.
Detective Brandon Cathey, APD Narcotics Division, said Kendrick Jackson and LaJordan Smith were taken into custody without incident when a search warrant was executed on a room at a local hotel, located in the 2500 block of Veterans Boulevard.
“Both agencies had received information about this pair’s involvement in the sale of methamphetamine from the room. While serving the search warrant, we located 15 grams of methamphetamine among other items which were indicative that the methamphetamine was intended for sale,” Cathey said.
In addition, the couple was apparently attempting to avoid arrest by monitoring law enforcement activity. Cathey said a working police scanner was found in the room.
“The possession of a working scanner in the commission of a crime is a felony itself,” he said.
Jackson and Smith were both booked into the Carter County Detention Center. Charges were filed Friday against the twosome by the district attorney’s office. Both are charged with unlawful possession of a controlled dangerous substance (methamphetamine) and unlawful possession of a scanner.
In addition, Jackson faces a felony charge of possession of marijuana and an outstanding warrant connected to his failure to appear in court on charges of possession of methamphetamine and illegal possession of a firearm stemming from his arrest by APD in April.
Smith also faces prior charges. She was arrested by APD in March and is scheduled for a preliminary hearing next month on charges of unauthorized use of a credit card and possession of methamphetamine.
The couple made initial appearances in district court Friday afternoon on the charges they garnered from Thursday night’s arrest. Bonds of $80,000 were set in both cases. The duo remains detained at the county jail pending the posting of bonds and/or the outcome of their cases.
Cathey credited the apprehension of Jackson and Smith to the joint effort of the APD and CCSD.
“It is a pleasure to have the working relationship with the Carter County Sheriff’s Department that we have,” he said. “They were an integral part of this investigation being successful.”
The detective added the tips both agencies received concerning the couple’s operation were vital to the investigation that ended with their arrests.
“Both agencies cannot stress enough how vital information from the community is. Some of our investigations do take longer than others, but every little piece of information that either agency gets is essential,” Cathey said, adding both agencies have the same goal: “Drugs will not be tolerated in the city of Ardmore or in Carter County.”