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Vehicle search ends in arrest

December 6, 2012

As Deputy Shawn Culver approached HWY 271 and Old HWY 271, he noticed a blue Chevy pickup stopped in the middle of the road. As the deputy got closer the vehicle began to move and turned, failing to use a turn signal. Culver followed the vehicle and as he did so he noticed that he was unable to read part of the vehicle’s tag. Culver stopped the vehicle.

While approaching the driver’s side door, Culver noticed the driver moving around and shuffling items around the front seat beside him. Culver asked for his driver’s license and he told Culver that he didn’t have one. The man was identified from an Oklahoma ID Card as James Sanders Barcus.

Culver advised Barcus that he wasn’t going to arrest him for not having a license but would let a licensed driver come and get him if everything checked out. Culver then asked Barcus if he had anything illegal in the vehicle like loaded guns, knives or marijuana and Barcus told Culver no. The deputy then asked if he had any methamphetamines in the vehicle and noticed Barcus took longer to answer, looked down beside him, but eventually answered no.

Culver received permission to search the vehicle and found a glass smoking device with residue in it and a clear plastic baggy containing a crystal like substance that later field tested positive for methamphetamine.

Culver radioed for another unit and Under Sheriff Curt Ingram transported Barcus to the Pushmataha County Jail where he was booked for Possession of CDS and Possession of drug paraphernalia.

The vehicle was released to the owner Brent Smith.


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