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Traffic Stop Nets Drug Bust

KSCB News - February 11, 2011 11:16 am

A routine traffic stop nets officers more than 121 pounds of marijuana.
According to documents obtained from the Texas County Court Clerk’s Office, on Friday, February 4, officers pulled over a maroon 1989 Ford F-350 pickup truck bearing Michigan tags for a speeding violation.
Officers reportedly observed a male driver and one occupant who was later identified as Larry Walker, 61.
After a search of the vehicle, a K-9 unit reportedly had a positive alert to the presence of narcotics. During a search of the vehicle, an exterior gas tank in the bed of the vehicle was found and concealed inside the metal gas tank were several bundles of a green leafy substance.
Walker was then taken into custody and taken to the Task Force Building for further questioning and testing of the green substance.
A total of nine bundles were plastic sealed and wrapped. They tested positive for marijuana. The total weight of the marijuana was approximately 121.6 pounds, which is trafficking according to Oklahoma State Statutes.
Walker is being charged with Trafficking an illegal drug, marijuana, within 2000 feet of a school or park, a felony punishable by imprisonment for eight years to Life and a fine of not less than $25,000 to not more than $50,000. He is also being charged with Possession of CDS without a tax stamp affixed, a felony punishable by up to five years imprisonment or a fine of up to $10,000 or both.
Walker has a prior conviction of Possession of a Controlled Substance (cocaine, heroin, or another narcotic) in which he was sentenced to four years for, he spent two and two were suspended in 1991.
Walker is being held at the Texas County Detention Center on a bond of $250,000 and awaiting his next court date.

Katie Martire

 

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