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May 25, 2012

Police arrest 4 on drug charges

Ada —  

A citizen’s tip led to the arrests of four men on drug-related charges Tuesday.

Jesse Singleton, 21, Cory Presgrove, 24, Ryan Benefield, 29, and Joshua Howard, 30, were booked into the Pontotoc County Justice Center on suspicion of distributing methamphetamine within 2,000 feet of a school.

At 2 p.m. Tuesday, a citizen called the Ada Police Department to report a possible drug deal in the parking lot of the Rolling Meadows apartment complex, 1300 Kerr Lab Road, the department said in a news release. The parking lot is about 1,837 feet from Ada High School.

When police arrived at the parking lot, they set up surveillance on Presgrove’s car based on the caller’s description. Benefield and Howard approached the scene in another car, and all four men started talking.

Singleton left Benefield’s car and got into Presgrove’s car, and police saw the two men passing a white sock back and forth and looking at the contents, according to the news release.

Police found a white sock in Presgrove’s car containing a glass crack pipe, three baggies of meth, the prescription drugs Percocet and Soma and several unidentified pills, according to the news release. 

Benefield told police that he had just given Singleton a ride and did not know what was going on, according to the news release, but when police searched his car, they found several baggies of meth and a glass pipe in the center console.

Police discovered a bag of meth in Howard’s pants pocket, and Benefield had a clear baggie of what appeared to be meth residue in his possession when he arrived at the jail, according to the news release.

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