Carter County Sheriff Milton Anthony said it was a single tip that led to the investigation which rolled into a search warrant Friday and resulted in the recovery of a stash of methamphetamine with a street value in excess of $10,000 and the arrest of Steven Reding.
“It’s like I keep saying, a tip from a citizen is all it takes to start the ball rolling. This time the tip was methamphetamine being sold from a house at 826 A St. SE in Ardmore,” Anthony said.
Members of the Carter County Sheriff’s Department Narcotics Division launched an investigation that produced enough evidence to obtain the search warrant, which was served about 1:30 p.m. Friday. Reding, who was inside the residence, was taken into custody without incident. But it was what the search of the residence that produced what surprised even investigators.
“We found about 4 ounces of methamphetamine inside a safe,” Anthony said.
And while 4 ounces doesn’t sound like much, in actuality, it is a substantial amount. Undersheriff Gregg Johnson puts the find into perspective.
“Four ounces is huge,” Johnson said. “Meth is sold by the gram. One gram of meth sells for $100. It takes 28 grams to make an ounce, which makes the street value of 4 ounces in excess of $10,000. That’s a lot of methamphetamine.”
Reding was booked into the Carter County Detention Center pending a review of the case by the district attorney’s office and what is expected to be a drug trafficking charge.
The 54-year-old Ardmore man already has a 1996 conviction of trafficking methamphetamine and possession of a firearm in commission of a felony. And he was convicted a second time in 1999 for possession of CDS (methamphetamine) with intent to distribute. Reding could make an initial appearance in Carter County District Court on the new charge as early as Monday afternoon.
Anthony calls the case “a prime example of the importance of citizens being alert to what is going on around them, and taking the initiative to step forward a make a simple phone call to advise us of what they suspect is going on.”
Calling citizens “the extra eyes and ears that can make a big difference,” the sheriff urged Carter County residents to join in the partnership with law enforcement to deter crime.