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Woodward former police detective charged with evidence theft

A former Woodward police detective was charged Thursday with repeatedly stealing methamphetamine from the police department's evidence room to support his wife's drug habit.
BY RANDY ELLIS Published: February 3, 2012

WOODWARD — A former Woodward police detective was accused Thursday of repeatedly stealing methamphetamine from a police evidence room to support his then-wife's drug habit.

Former detective Michael Albert Morton, 55, was charged with 13 drug-related felony counts.

Morton told a district attorney's investigator that he stole methamphetamine from the evidence room for Christine England-Morton because he didn't want her “looking for it on the street, where it is dangerous,” according to a statement by an Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation agent.

The thefts occurred from May 1, 2009, through March 27, 2010, prosecutors allege. The couple divorced in June 2010.

Morton faces up to life in prison because he and his then-wife were within 2000 feet of Woodward High School on some of the occasions he allegedly gave her stolen drugs. He also faces up to $120,000 in fines.

Pleaded not guilty

Morton pleaded not guilty Thursday in Woodward County District Court and was released on a personal recognizance bond.

Morton took his then-wife along with him on several of the thefts and told her he wanted to make sure the methamphetamine came from evidence that was scheduled for destruction, the OSBI agent stated. Morton reportedly showed her the location of those drugs and resealed the envelopes after removing the methamphetamine.

The scheme unraveled toward the end of their marriage when England-Morton, 45, went to the evidence room on her own during the early morning hours of March 27, 2010. She kicked open the door, ripped open evidence envelopes and stole the amphetamine inside, according to the OSBI affidavit.

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