By Patti Weaver
(Stillwater, Okla.) — A 30-year-old man from Bentonville, Ark. was given a two-year prison term Friday followed by eight years of probation for trafficking methamphetamine in Stillwater, in accordance with a plea agreement with the prosecution that was approved in court by Payne County District Judge Phillip Corley.
Steven Brett Norriss, who pleaded guilty Friday to a five-count charge, was ordered to pay to $1,710 in assessments along with court costs, as well as concurrent jail terms for driving under suspension, obstructing an officer, transporting an opened container of an alcoholic beverage, and possessing a marijuana smoking pipe with residue.
Norriss was already on probation in Oklahoma for possessing a vehicle in Miami that had been stolen in Pryor and given credit Friday for the time he has served in the Payne County Jail since his arrest last summer when he was ordered held on $50,000 bail.
Norriss was arrested at 6:05 am on Aug. 6, 2022, by Stillwater Police Officer Byron Goree, who had just been dispatched on a call of a “possibly intoxicated driver heading east on 6th Avenue just passing Kings Street,” that had been swerving over the road and had run several stop signs, an affidavit said.
On a traffic stop, Norriss gave a false name and didn’t have a driver’s license in his possession, the affidavit said. “I could smell an odor that I associate with burnt marijuana coming from the vehicle,” the officer wrote in his affidavit.
Norriss said he did not have a medical marijuana card. “I informed him that because there was an odor of marijuana, we were going to search his vehicle,” the affidavit said.
Found in the vehicle were 29.6 grams of methamphetamine, nine pills that appeared to be alprazolam, 4.7 grams of marijuana, a marijuana pipe with burnt residue, an open liquor bottle with clear liquid, and an Arkansas ID card for Norriss, the affidavit said.
“Dispatch advised that Steven Norriss had several out of state warrants in Arkansas that were non-extraditable and stated that Steven’s license was suspended,” the affidavit said.