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On Tuesday, May 5, 2020, Stringtown Assistant Police Chief Zachary Rice, was traveling north on Highway 69 when he observed a blue SUV going southbound at 79 miles per hour in a 60 mile per hour zone.
The vehicle came to a stop near the intersection of Highway 69 and Lakeshore drive. For safety, Assistant Chief Rice asked the driver to pull forward off the roadway.
The officer noted a very strong odor of marijuana coming from the vehicle. The driver was identified as Jadden Donta Lee Huey, 20, of Florissant, Missouri.
Inside the vehicle was Huey and one other male passenger. Huey stated there was another passenger in the back and rolled down the window. Rice had been unable to see the second passenger, a female, sitting in the back seat due to the window tint being so dark.
Rice asked Huey how much marijuana was in the vehicle due to the very strong odor. At the same time, all occupants answered, “there’s no weed in here.”
Huey and his passengers was asked to exit the vehicle. Assistant Chief Rice asked again about marijuana inside the vehicle.
Huey admitted to having marijuana inside the vehicle, and told the officer where it was located.
Stringtown Police Chief Richard Leuty was called to the scene to assist. As Rice waited for Chief Leuty he spoke to Huey and both passengers.
Huey stated they were headed to the University of Texas to retrieve the male passengers belongings from his dorm due to school being dismissed because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Upon the arrival of Chief Leuty, Rice began the search of the vehicle. Digital scales were recovered in the front passenger side door panel that were covered in a green leafy substance.
When the scales were found all three were detained while the search resumed. Under the front passenger seat was the marijuana Huey had admitted possessing. Also located were multiple marijuana “roaches,” and a bag with two very large bundles of cash money.
Assistant Chief Rice asked Chief Leuty to get an Oklahoma Highway Patrol Trooper to the scene. Huey and the passengers were questioned about the bag of money. Huey claimed the money was his and so were the scales.
Huey explained the scales were used to measure out how much marijuana to roll and smoke, and the money was for a vehicle he would buy in Texas.
Oklahoma Highway Patrol Trooper Jamey Miller arrived on scene and was advised of the situation. Trooper Miller spoke with Huey while Chief Leuty and Assistant Chief Rice continued to search the vehicle.
Another baggy of marijuana was located which was claimed by the female passenger. She was charged municipally and jailed.
Huey was placed under arrest and transported to the Atoka County Jail. The money was counted at the jail and confirmed by the Atoka County Treasurer in the amount of $9,748.00.
Huey is charged with unlawful possession of controlled drug with intent to distribute (felony), and unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia (misdemeanor).