District Attorney Eddie Wyant charged two last week with possession of Methamphetamine in unrelated arrests.
According to court records, Terry Nathaniel Abernathy, 30, of Webb City, Mo., was taken into custody by Eastern Shawnee Tribal officers on Sept. 22.
Authorities were summoned to South 690 Road and East 128 Road by casino security in reference to a suspicious vehicle.
Officer Travis Salkil said that, when he pulled behind the gray Dodge pickup, the driver began to advance toward Salkil's patrol car.
Salkil instructed the driver, later identified as Abernathy, to get back into his vehicle, according to the arrest warrant.
“Mr. Abernathy got back into the driver's seat and I could see him looking back at me as he appeared to reach under the seat quickly,” Salkil said. “Dispatch advised me that the pickup had not been registered since 2003 to an individual out of Arkansas.”
Salkil said Abernathy informed him that he did not have his driver's license with him and identified himself as Jacob Howe, 25.
Abernathy later offered his true identity and admitted that he had a suspended license.
After speaking to Abernathy, Salkil said he displayed behavior associated with someone under the influence of methamphetamine. During a “pat-down,” Salkil said he discovered a pipe usually used to smoke marijuana in Abernathy's back pocket.
Authorities asked for permission to search the vehicle and found several small baggies typically used for packaging methamphetamine. They also discover at least one-half ounce of a powdery substance that field-tested positive for methamphetamine.
Dispatch also advised officers that Abernathy had an outstanding warrant in Delaware County for possession of methamphetamine, driving under suspension and possession of paraphernalia.
Abernathy was arrested for outstanding warrants and possession of a controlled substance.
In addition to Delaware County charges, Abernathy now faces charges in Ottawa County for possession of methamphetamine, possession of paraphernalia and false personation.
If convicted he could face up to life in prison and in excess of $100,000 in fines.
A Commerce woman is also facing charges of possession of methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia after she was taken into custody during a routine traffic stop.
Latoya Hart, 20, faces up to life in prison and in excess of $40,000 in fines.
According to Officer Doug Grammer, he made contact with a green Camero traveling north on Mickey Mantle Boulevard.
Grammer obtained identification from the five occupants of the vehicle and learned that one of the female occupants, Natalie Turner, had outstanding Ottawa County warrants.
Grammer said his K-9 dog, Zeke, alerted him to narcotics in the back seat of the vehicle. After searching the vehicle and finding nothing, Grammer asked the occupants if any of them had any illegal drugs on them and they all responded they did not.
“I called for North Miami Officer Christy Siler to pat down two females in the vehicle,” Grammer said. “I started to pat down the male subjects.”
Grammer said that, while Siler was in route, Hart reached into her pants in and pulled out two socks and laid them on the hood of the patrol car.
Grammer found a needle and a spoon with a white powdery substance that Hart admitted was methamphetamine.
After arresting Hart, Grammer obtained permission to search her apartment where more methamphetamine and paraphernalia were located.
“Hart stated that she did not know anything about the things in her home,” Grammer said.