Oklahoma crime briefs for Oct. 18

Oklahoma crime briefs for Oct. 18
Published: October 18, 2013
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Crime briefs

Oklahoma City

Arrest made in April death

Police arrested the suspect in an April homicide following a traffic stop Wednesday in southeast Oklahoma City. Marquise Kyhief Callender, 22, was found shot to death April 24 inside an apartment at Will Rogers Courts, a 348-unit public housing complex near SW 16 and S Pennsylvania Avenue. Wednesday, officers pulled over a sport utility vehicle at SE 59 and S Lindsay Avenue and arrested the passenger, Thay Nynwensa Curry, 37, on a murder warrant in Callender's death and on complaints of trafficking illegal drugs, possession of a controlled dangerous substance with the intent to distribute, possession of drug proceeds and false personation. The driver, Lavonne Gayle Monson, was arrested on complaints of failure to stop at a red light, changing lanes unsafely, possession of a counterfeit controlled dangerous substance with the intent to distribute, and trafficking illegal drugs. Officers and a police dog found marijuana, cocaine and other drugs inside, police reported. Curry and Monson remained in the Oklahoma County jail Thursday.

JULIANA KEEPING, STAFF WRITER

Deputies help

in drug bust

Canadian County deputies assisted federal agents with a meth bust in Missouri after deputies found illegal drugs being smuggled in a vehicle last week. Deputies were suspicious of a vehicle loaded on a parked car hauler at the TravelCenters of America Truck Stop near Interstate 40 and Morgan Road when they learned the vehicle was registered in Colorado but was picked up in Los Angeles and heading to Monett, Mo., said Canadian County Undersheriff Chris West in a news release issued Thursday. Deputies searched the sport utility vehicle and found a false compartment in the rear passenger area with 15 bundles of what appeared to be methamphetamine, West said. The bundles weighed about 43 pounds and had an estimated street value of $2.3 million, he said. Deputies and agents from the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration worked together to coordinate a controlled delivery of the narcotics to Monett, West said. The SUV was released to a Hispanic male who paid for the shipping fees. Authorities followed the vehicle to a home where the man met with five other Hispanic males. They found more methamphetamine, firearms, documents related to trafficking narcotics and a substantial amount of money, West said. The six men were arrested on complaints of trafficking narcotics, conspiracy to traffic narcotics, money laundering and weapons complaints. They were booked into Monett city jail pending transfer to a federal detention center.

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