By Patti Weaver


  (Stillwater, Okla.) — On his trial date Monday, a Cushing man pleaded guilty to trafficking methamphetamine in Payne County and received a seven-year prison term, court records show.
    Thomas Clayton Ralston, 36, was on pre-release supervision from prison on multiple drug convictions when he was arrested 10 months ago and jailed on $100,000 bail.
    If he had been convicted by a Payne County jury, Ralston could have been given as much as a life prison term, court records show.
    His associate, Amylynn Zelma Rodgers, 43, of Cushing, pleaded guilty two months after their arrest to a reduced charge of possessing methamphetamine with intent to distribute. She was ordered into Drug Court but terminated three months later and given a one-year jail term in November.
    The pair had been arrested at 56th Street and Highway 18 in Cushing after a traffic stop at 12:33 am on May 25, 2021, by Payne County Sheriff’s Deputy Dalton Ross, an affidavit by Sheriff’s Investigator Brandon Myers said.
    “At this time, Stillwater Detective Adam Elliott, who was on scene, was requested to deploy his K-9 partner Rotex to do a free air sniff around the vehicle. Rotex alerted to the presence of drugs on the driver’s side cab area of the truck. We began a search of the truck not finding any drugs.
    “Dispatch advised Thomas’ Oklahoma Driver’s License was revoked,” and he was arrested by Deputy Ross, the affidavit said.
    “I went back and spoke with Amylynn. I noticed a large bulge in her shirt above her breast line. I asked her what she had in her shirt. She pushed the bulge down and I could hear the sound of a plastic bag being compressed,” the sheriff’s investigator wrote in his affidavit.
    “I told her to give me what she had concealed, and she gave me a half sandwich bag containing two large shards of crystal substance that appeared to be, through my training and experience, methamphetamine,” which had a gross weight of 56 grams including baggies, the sheriff’s investigator wrote in his affidavit.
    When Rodgers was interviewed in the sheriff’s office by the investigator and Deputy Ross, “She said the drugs were hers and she paid for them. She said they were at the Stone Wolf Casino located off of Hwy. 18 just north of the Cimarron Turnpike. Thomas took her to (a) residence located in Tulsa to purchase methamphetamine.
    “She said that Thomas knew that she was going to purchase drugs from (a man there). She said that she has been to Tulsa and purchased drugs from (him) probably 10 times. She admitted to selling drugs in Cushing and she said that the methamphetamine she bought was going to be split with an acquaintance She told me that she would have shared the drugs she purchased with Thomas,” the investigator wrote in his affidavit.
    Thomas had served about three years and three months in prison on multiple drug convictions in Payne and Oklahoma counties before being released in March of 2019 to supervision, state Department of Corrections records show.