Suspicious activity by a 27-year-old Ardmore man Monday drew the attention of patrol officers assigned to the Ardmore Police Department’s SAFE OK detail and led to Cameron Deshane Brown’s arrest on drug charges.
Brown was taken into custody by Capt. Eric Hamblin and Officer Kevin Kropp. Reports indicate Brown was arrested without incident after the officers found him in possession of more than 20 grams of methamphetamine, as well as marijuana.
Tuesday, First Assistant District Attorney Heather Cooper filed two felony charges in Carter County District Court. The first charge accuses Brown of trafficking in illegal drugs (methamphetamine). The second charge alleges, after a former conviction on a similar charge, he was in felony possession of marijuana. Cooper also filed a “Page II,” which seeks penalty enhancement if he’s convicted in the case. The “Page II” refers to three of the local man’s previous convictions — highlighting two drug possession convictions and a knowingly concealing stolen property verdict.
Brown made an initial appearance before Special District Judge Carson Brooks Monday afternoon. The judge set a $5,000 cash-only bond on the charges. A June 1 case conference was also scheduled.
If convicted, Brown faces up to life in prison on the trafficking charge and a fine of not less than $25,000. The marijuana possession charge could cost Brown up to five years in prison and another fine of not more than $5,000.
Hamblin said the SAFE OK detail is the result of the APD receiving funds from the attorney general’s Safe Oklahoma Grant Program. The grant provides local law enforcement agencies in state with funds to increase their capacity to respond to violent crime within their individual communities. As provided for by the law, the agencies can utilize the funds to reduce violent crime through priority strategies such as targeted staffing, increased technology, better analytical capabilities, enhanced community partnerships or victims services.