A Moreno Valley, Calif. woman is facing charges she was diverting Mexican methamphetamine being pipelined to California, as well as marijuana across country to Carter County.
Carole Phillips was arrested about 2 p.m. Thursday by lawmen at an undisclosed Ardmore location following a month-long probe into her suspected illegal drug business. Phillips was taken into custody without incident. The 54-year-old was arrested after she reportedly sold an estimated 2-ounces of methamphetamine to an undercover officer. At the time she was apprehended, officers found she was in possession of an additional estimated 14-ounces of methamphetamine and a half-pound of marijuana.
“That’s a substantial amount of narcotics,” Carter County Sheriff Chris Bryant said. “This operation was spurred by a joint Ardmore Police Department Narcotics Division, Carter County Sheriff’s department and Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics investigation.”
Phillips was booked into the Carter County Detention Center pending charges that could include: distribution of controlled substance, two counts of possession of CDS with intent to distribute and misdemeanor charges.
Bryant said the three-agency inquiry had produced evidence suggesting the woman had distributed about 40-ounces of methamphetamine in Carter County over a period of four to six months.
“The retail price of the narcotic the California woman is believed to have distributed is $80,000,” the sheriff said.
Bryant also confirmed Phillips’ drug supply was suspected of coming from methamphetamine being pipelined from Mexico to California.
Phillips was detained over the weekend on a 48-hour affidavit. Investigators anticipate formal charges will be filed this morning and she will make an initial appearance in Carter County District Court this afternoon.
Bryant said Phillips was apparently operating the illegal enterprise alone. There are no other suspects named in the case.