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Drugs found during traffic stop

September 6, 2012

A Pushmataha County man is facing felony charges of possession of methamphetamine after a drug dog alerted to the presence of drugs during a traffic stop last week.

According to information filed in district court, Deputy Shawn Culver, Pushmataha County Sheriff’s Department, was requested to assist Deputy James Marzek north of the Nashoba turnoff on Highway 271 at approx. 10 p.m. Tuesday.

When Culver arrived, Marzek was speaking to Timothy Williams,the driver of a red Chevy truck the officer had pulled over. A check with dispatch revealed that Williams was wanted on a county warrant and was taken into custody.

Culver spoke with the passenger, Darren Scarberry. During the conversation, Marzek asked him if there was anything illegal in the truck and Scarberry said not to his knowledge. Culver then used his drug dog to conduct a free air sniff of the vehicle, which led to the dog alerting on the driver’s door handle and the passenger door.

Culver asked Scarberry to exit the vehicle and performed a search, which turned up a bag with the name “Darren” on the top which contained a plastic device containing residue as well as a pipe in a glasses case, found in the side pocket of the bag, containing a white substance that field tested positive for methamphetamine.

Williams and Scarberry were both read their Miranda rights and both denied ownership of the bag. Williams told officers that Darren had taken the bag out of his truck and put it in Williams’ shortly before the truck was pulled over.

Scarberry was arrested for possession of controlled dangerous substance and possession of paraphernalia.

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