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Stringtown Assistant Police Chief Zachary Rice conducted a traffic stop on a Chrysler PT Cruzer with a cracked windshield.
Officer Rice made contact with the driver, Megan Renee Maples, 29, and her passenger, James Lyle Maples, 40, both of Atoka. There was a minor child in the back seat, properly, buckled in a child seat.
Both occupants appeared nervous while their information was checked. Officer Rice detected the odor of marijuana coming from the vehicle.
The vehicle was registered to the wife of a Stringtown police officer. The officer was notified about the vehicle, Maples had permission to use the car as a loan.
Megan Maples was asked to exit the vehicle and sit in the patrol unit while she was questioned. Maples admitted to having half a joint in a cigarette pack.
After retrieving the joint, Officer Rice asked James Maples to exit the vehicle for it to be searched. Maples stated there was nothing illegal in the vehicle. The child was released into the custody of Rice’s off-duty officer and his wife to be removed from the scene for safety.
The following items were located in a purse that sat next to James Maples feet in the vehicle: 8.3 grams of marijuana, a green cylinder container, 48.1 grams of methamphetamine, a glass pipe with methamphetamine residue, a glass thermometer, digital scales covered in residue, a used syringe, and a book of rolling papers.
James and Megan Maples were transported to the Atoka County Jail for booking. They are both charged with trafficking in illegal drugs (felony); unlawful possession of controlled drug with intent to distribute (felony); and unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia (misdemeanor).