(Stillwater) — In an investigation which apparently began with the discovery of trash bags discarded in the Cimarron River off Norfolk Road in Yale, a Cushing woman has been accused of transferring or furnishing substances for the manufacturing of methamphetamine between Feb. 1 and March 31.
    Karri Danielle James, 28, has been ordered to appear in court May 4 when she can ask for a preliminary hearing on the felony charge, which carries as much as a 10-year prison term and a $25,000 fine on conviction. She remains free on a personal recognizance bond.
    Payne County Sheriff’s Deputy Gregg Russell wrote in an affidavit that at about 10 p.m. March 14, he was advised that Yale Police Chief Robert Miller and Sheriff’s Deputy Scott Hopper had located the remains of a methamphetamine lab discarded in the Cimarron River.
    Found in two trash bags were an empty box of sinus pills that contain ephedrine, an empty bottle of drain out and the remains of lithium batteries — along with receipts from three stores and mail addressed to James at her Cushing residence, the affidavit alleged.
    Based on receipts discovered in the trash, surveillance video was obtained from Stillwater Milling Company, which showed James purchasing a bag of ammonium sulfate, the affidavit alleged.
    Surveillance video was also obtained from Walgreen’s in Stillwater, which showed James purchasing a box of sinus medication containing ephedrine, a precursor used in manufacturng methamphetamine, the affidavit alleged.
    James and her husband, Larry James, “have purchased 17 boxes of pills that contain ephedrine over the past three months,” according to an ephedrine log obtained from the Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics on March 26, the affidavit alleged.
    “In some incidents, both of them would purchase boxes of pills on the same day, but at different stores. Other times, they would purchase them one or two days apart, but would go to different stores to purchase them,” the affidavit alleged.
    “It has been my past training and experience that people will purchase items used in the manufacturing of methamphetamine, but they sometime will not be the one doing cooking, and if that is the case, they will trade out a small amount of the meth for their own use or to be sold,” Deputy Russell wrote in his affidavit.
    No charges have been filed against Larry James in connection with the alleged purchase of items that can be used to manufacture methamphetamine, court records show.
    “This investigation remains open for further investigations on Larry James, and his involvement in this incident,” according to Russell’s affidavit, which was filed in court records last week.