Five individuals were taken into custody over the Labor Day weekend in relation to drug trafficking allegations.
Ardmore Police Department Captain Keith Ingle said officers were responding to a welfare check on a child around 6 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 31 at the 1200 block of L St. NE when the first two individuals were taken into custody.
“The door was slightly opened. Officers knocked on the door and were quickly greeted by a person who seemed paranoid and on high alert,” Ingle said. “Upon entering, they found baggies of meth inside.”
Around 51 grams of meth was allegedly located in reach of a 3-year-old child at the residence, Ingle said. Any amount greater than 20 grams warrants a drug trafficking charge, he said.
A 45-year-old male from
Ardmore was taken into custody for drug trafficking and the 24-year-old mother from Ardmore was apprehended for complaints of child neglect.
Two days later, in a separate incident, on Monday, Sep. 2, officers located a vehicle at a local motel where the subjects had been allegedly acting suspicious and made contact with one of the subjects at the 2500 block of W Broadway.
“Officers got behind them, proceeded to catch up to the vehicle, the vehicle made some abrupt turns and then pulled into a gas station,” Ingle said. “The subject fled on foot. The other two people were back at the room.”
After catching and taking the 41-year-old male from Marietta into custody for drug trafficking and previous Carter County warrants amounting to $5,770, Ingle said officers obtained a warrant to search the premises where the suspect had run from.
There, they reportedly located around 136 grams of marijuana and 31 grams of methamphetamine. The two other individuals staying in the room were taken into custody for separate complaints.
The 28-year-old female from Marietta is facing complaints for possession of CDS (meth) and the 20-year-old male from Marietta is facing complaints for possession of CDS and marijuana with intent to distribute.
The two incidents were reportedly unrelated, Ingle said. Recent changes to criminal justice laws may have had some effect on the large amounts of drugs officers are seeing, he said.
“Simple possession of drugs like meth and heroin are now misdemeanors so that just told the citizens that were taking that kind of stuff that it’s not that big of a deal and they forget what a small amount it takes to become a trafficking case, which turns into a felony,” Ingle said.