A house being watched by the Ada Police Narcotics Unit led to several drug arrests in Ada last week.
Ada Police Captain Jeff Crosby said the unit watched a house in Ada over several weeks and witnessed “a lot of drug activity.”
Crosby said after the initial investigation, he obtained information which led to the arrest of several people allegedly involved with drugs.
Arrested were John Weaver, 53, Ada, Vala Black, 32, Ada, Michael Hoppe, 53, Ada, Ashley Davis, 20, Norman, John Stiles, 28, Stratford, Christina Driesel, 31, Idabel, Veronica Cook, 29, Ada, and Devyn Pearce, 20, Ada.
Crosby said while he was watching the residence, he saw Stiles driving away and knew he had an outstanding city warrant. He notified a patrol officer who conducted a traffic stop in the 300 block of N. Mississippi.
“Stiles was arrested on the city warrant and (I) observed a yellow pill in the floorboard behind the passenger seat,” Crosby said. “The pill was identified as Clonopin, a schedule four drug. Stiles was held on the warrant, possession of a controlled dangerous substance within 1,000 feet of Willard School and driving under suspension.”
Crosby set up an undercover meeting with Driesel near the intersection of Arlington and Highland and waited. When Driesel pulled up, Crosby arrested her.
“(I) approached her and identified (myself) as a police officer, placed her under arrest and detectives had to forcibly place the handcuffs on her,” Crosby said.
Crosby said two bags seized from Driesel contained marijuana, a baggie with a white powdery substance and lithium batteries. Police searched the vehicle and found oxycodone and propoxyphene and other prescription pills, he said.
“Driesel was interviewed at Ada Police Department after waiving Miranda,” Crosby said. “She admitted that she had obtained methamphetamine from John Stiles earlier this morning and that she was out getting stuff so they could cook methamphetamine. Driesel would not identify who was going to do the cooking.”
Driesel was arrested on suspicion of possession of a controlled dangerous substance, use of a telephone to further a crime and endeavoring to manufacture methamphetamine.
Crosby said he was parked at a residence in the 300 block of E. Third when a vehicle driven by Black pulled into the driveway, he said. Weaver was a passenger, according to Crosby.
“Weaver got out of the vehicle and Detective (Mickey) Ballard pulled in behind the vehicle and placed Weaver under arrest, handcuffed him and observed a zip baggie containing seven smaller zip baggies in the seat of the vehicle where Weaver was sitting,” Crosby said. “The baggies contained a crystal substance which appeared to be and later field tested positive for methamphetamine.”
Weaver was arrested on suspicion of possession of methamphetamine with intent to distribute within 1,000 feet of a park (bike trail), use of a telephone to further a crime and possession of drug paraphernalia. Black was arrested on suspicion of possession of methamphetamine with intent to distribute and possession of drug paraphernalia.
The APNU arrested Hoppe and Davis after they pulled into the driveway of the house being watched. Hoppe was arrested on suspicion of endeavoring to distribute methamphetamine within 1,000 of a public recreation area, possession of lortab, possession of drug paraphernalia and using a telephone to further a crime. Davis was arrested on suspicion of endeavoring to distribute methamphetamine within 1,000 of a public recreation area and using a telephone to further a crime.
Cook and Pearce also showed at the residence and were arrested on suspicion of possession of marijuana within 1,000 feet of a public recreation area, possession of drug paraphernalia and using a telephone to further a crime.