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On Sunday, October 4, 2020, Stringtown Assistant Police Chief Zachary Rice was sitting stationary on State Highway 43 East and Bond Street, checking vehicle speed.
Assistant Chief Rice observed a gold colored car turn South on Mulberry Street without signaling. Rice made contact with the driver just south of the intersection of Bond and Mitchell.
The occupants of the car were identified as, driver, Tomina Renea Casey, and passenger James Addison Alexander Jr., 52, of Atoka.
The officer noticed the strong odor of marijuana coming from the vehicle. Casey provided a valid driver’s license, however, the insurance was not for the vehicle she was driving.
Rice advised Casey he could smell marijuana coming from her person. Casey stated she did use marijuana but did not have any on her person or in the vehicle.
After speaking to Casey, Rice made contact with Alexander who confirmed he did have active warrants. Alexander claimed to have spoken to law enforcement the day before and the officers said they would “take care” of the warrants.
After checking, it was confirmed that Alexander had three active warrants in Atoka County. He was asked to exit the vehicle and placed under arrest for the warrants.
Alexander was patted down, found in his right hip pocket was a small baggy believed to contain methamphetamine. He told Rice it was methamphetamine.
Due to the odor of marijuana and locating drugs on Alexander, the vehicle was searched. Stringtown Police Officer Bobby Giles arrived on scene to assist.
Found in the car were: a yellow container with a Blackbeard Marine logo containing a large baggy of methamphetamine along with a smaller baggy of methamphetamine, a glass marijuana pipe with a pink and white rubber coating, a large silver and black box, that had a Jim Beam logo on it containing more baggies of methamphetamine, digital scales, several hundred empty clean baggies, seven syringes, two measuring spoons with meth residue, tourniquets, and glass meth pipes.
Casey advised the officer as she was coming to a stop in the vehicle, Alexander, handed her a container and told her to “shove it.”
Casey advised she had no knowledge of the methamphetamine or items in the vehicle or on the Alexander’s person, however, did state the pink and white marijuana pipe was hers.
She was allowed to retrieve a small folding container, that contained four small baggies of methamphetamine hidden in her pants. She explained that she did not know what was in the container, and had only done what Alexander told her to do.
Alexander claimed ownership of all illegal items except the marijuana pipe.
The white crystal-like substance, in total, weighed 22.8 grams, all of which field tested positive for methamphetamine. Each baggy appeared to be packaged for sale. The green leafy substance field tested positive for marijuana and weighed 15.2 grams.
Casey was charged municipally for defective vehicle, failure to comply with compulsory insurance law, and possession of drug paraphernalia.
Alexander is charged with trafficking in illegal drugs (felony), unlawful possession of controlled drug with intent to distribute (felony), and unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia (misdemeanor)
Both were transported to the Atoka County Jail for booking.