SAPULPA — Former Valley Brook police chief Melvin Fisher, who appears to have undergone major physical deterioration since his September 2011 arrest, pleaded guilty to drug charges in Creek County, but was not given any prison time, court records show.
Photos taken by the Corrections Department show Fisher has become extremely gaunt since he was arrested a little more than a year ago. He was released on bail following his arrest and has been free.
Fisher, 49, was handed a 10-year suspended sentence Oct. 22 and will have to report to a probation officer. He also will have to register with the Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs Control because he was caught with 20 grams of methamphetamine.
Court documents show that Fisher — who was charged with multiple counts of possession of a controlled substance with intent to distribute — had all but one count against him dismissed.
Tulsa-area attorney Rob Henson, who represented Fisher in Creek County, did not return telephone calls seeking comment.
Fisher's mother blames his change in appearance on an unspecified illness.
“Yes, he is sick,” Maxine Fisher said Thursday afternoon. “But that's all I'm going to say about it.”
Maxine Fisher is an administrator for the town of Valley Brook. Melvin Fisher also did not return calls seeking comment.
Fisher and another man were arrested on Labor Day last year after a state trooper pulled over the former police chief on suspicion of drunken driving.
Court records show that troopers searching the 2000 Cadillac Escalade Fisher was driving found 20 grams of methamphetamine, an ounce of marijuana, a “large” crack rock, digital scales, four Ecstasy tablets, and numerous pills that have yet to be identified by authorities.
A trooper searching Fisher — who had been Valley Brook's police chief for more than 20 years before his arrest — also found a butane torch lighter in the former lawman's pockets and more than $600 in cash, court records show. He was suspended after his arrest and later fired.
Valley Brook, a town less than a square mile in size that is known for its topless bars, is east of Interstate 35 near SE 59 and S Eastern Avenue.