The Carter County Sheriff’s Department recently made an arrest in an ongoing investigation into an individual suspected of being involved with the distribution of meth in the local area.
On Feb. 8, an officer with the sheriff’s department reported that an agency participating in the investigation provided him with a tip that the suspect, 23-year-old Chelsie Ned of Thackerville, would be traveling through the Carter County area.
In an incident report, the officer stated that Ned would be traveling southbound on Interstate 35 in a black Pontiac GT at around 2 p.m. Three officers from the Carter County Sheriff’s Department, along with a K-9 officer from the Lighthouse Police Department then began monitoring traffic in the area.
Around 30 minutes later, an officer spotted a vehicle matching the description provided in the tip. Upon making contact with the driver, identified as Chelsie Ned, the officer reported an immediate odor of marijuana emanating from the vehicle.
The K-9 officer deployed his dog for an open-air sniff of the vehicle and the dog alerted on the vehicle, according to the incident report.
While checking Ned’s driver's license status, a deputy learned that she had an active arrest warrant for other drug-related charges through Carter County and she was placed under arrest. When a deputy asked Ned if she had any illegal drugs in her possession, she reportedly told them that she had “a lot”.
Ned reportedly surrendered four plastic baggies containing methamphetamine to the deputy. The combined weight of the baggies was 44.1 grams, estimated at $1,765 in value.
Ned is currently being held at the Carter County Jail for the felony charge of trafficking in illegal drugs, in addition to her outstanding warrant. Her bond is set at $30,000 and a preliminary conference is scheduled for March 19.
Carter County Sheriff Chris Bryant said he commends the teamwork between the Lighthorse Police Department, Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics and his office and appreciates their contributions to removing controlled dangerous substances from the streets.