Nine individuals were arrested after an ongoing investigation provided Pontotoc County Sheriff’s deputies enough information to obtain and execute three search warrants in the Ada area.
Around 5:21 p.m. Nov. 1, acting on information obtained during an investigation, deputies, state troopers and a state game warden executed a search warrant at an apartment in the 1100 block of E. 18th Street at Tangle Wood Terrace apartments in Ada.
At that location, deputies seized a Norinco SKS rifle and ammunition, approximately 8 grams of marijuana, drug paraphernalia and hypodermic syringes. Authorities arrested Teddy Lynn Gilliam, 46, and Sheila Denice Gilliam, 53. Records indicate Teddy Gilliam told deputies he was “keeping the rifle for (another subject) and that it did not belong to him.”
Teddy Gilliam was charged with possession of a firearm after a former felony conviction. Sheila Gilliam was arrested on outstanding county warrants.
Around 6:02 p.m. the same day, authorities executed a second search warrant on an apartment in the 1000 block of N. Highland Avenue in Ada.
At that location, deputies seized approximately 104 grams of methamphetamine, more drug paraphernalia and hypodermic syringes and a quantity of 45-caliber ammunition. Records indicate deputies also found a document scanner with a $100 bill on the platen and an RF (radio frequency) detector used to scan RFID chips commonly used on credit and debit cards and in retail anti-theft measures. Deputies report they also found cell phones, flash drives and a police scanner in the residence.
Authorities arrested Branden Rowell, 37, and Britnie Johnson, 28, at that location. Records indicate Johnson told deputies a safe containing many of the items seized belonged to (the same subject identified during the E 18th Street search).
Rowell and Johnson were both charged with trafficking controlled and dangerous substances.
Around 9:15 p.m. on the same date, authorities executed a third search warrant at a home in the 13,800 block of County Road 3540 outside of Ada.
At that location, deputies seized an additional, unspecified quantity of methamphetamine, 25 grams of marijuana, two additional firearms and a quantity of ammunition, more drug paraphernalia, digital scales and unidentified pills.
Authorities arrested Windella Alfred, 35, Harry Roberts, 48, Kamrin Conley, 27, Stephanie Seckinger, 27, and Jeremy Crewse, 35, at that location.
Deputies reported smelling an odor of marijuana coming from the home upon their arrival and finding four of the individuals in a central living area inside the home — all but Crewse — within reach of a 25-gram quantity of marijuana and paraphernalia. Records indicate the guns were found in two separate bedrooms within the home.
Records indicate Crewse arrived at the home while authorities were conducting the search. Deputies report Crewes first stated the home was his and that “nothing was going to be found in his residence,” then, upon being informed of the items already seized from within the home, “he immediately recanted his statement and then stated that it was not his residence.”
Alfred, Roberts, Conley and Seckinger were all charged with possession of controlled and dangerous substances with intent to distribute the same.
Records indicate state troopers arrested Crewes at the home for driving while intoxicated.
Pontotoc County Sheriff John Christian said the investigation that resulted in the search warrants being issued is part of an ongoing effort to crack down on drug-related crimes throughout the county.