By Patti Weaver


  (Stillwater, Okla.) — An ex-convict arrested by Perkins Police Officer Chris Wooten has been jailed on $100,000 bail pending a June 18 preliminary hearing on a felony charge of trafficking fentanyl — less than two months after he was released from prison.
    Due to his criminal record, Kevin Ross Eldridge, 33, of Oklahoma City, could be given a life prison term and a $500,000 fine if convicted of possessing almost twice the amount of fentanyl required for a drug trafficking charge.
    Eldridge was also charged with misdemeanor counts of possessing methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia, each of which carries a possible one-year jail term and $1,000 fine on conviction.
    Eldridge was arrested at 2:02 am on April 11, about 90 minutes after the Perkins officer saw a Nissan sedan at Main and Thomas Street with no tag light illuminating — that turned out to be a paper tag displaying Feb. 26, 2024, an affidavit alleged.
    “Eldridge advised he had bought this vehicle from a guy named Joshua about two weeks ago and was not sure why there was a temporary used dealer paper tag on the vehicle. I observed Eldridge to have nervous behavior while speaking with him as he was explaining the situation of why he did not have any paperwork or bill of sale on purchasing the vehicle,” the Perkins officer alleged in his affidavit.
    “I contacted the temporary paper tag dealer through telephone. (He) advised that Joshua had recently worked for him and was known to misuse the temporary tags from his (auto sales) business. (He) confirmed the temporary tag on this vehicle was not issued to it and not valid.
    “During the (vehicle’s) inventory, I located a McDonald’s bag in the center area back floorboard. Inside the bag I located a clear baggy with several blue pills with imprint M on one side and 30 on the other, a clear baggy with crystal-like rocks, a clear baggy with one white pill with imprint G3722, and a clear glass smoking device.
    “Based on my training and experience, I know blue M30 pills to contain fentanyl and the white pill to be Xanax,” according to the Perkins officer, who said that neither Eldridge nor his female passenger claimed ownership of the drugs.
    Perkins Police Sgt. Spencer Gedon field-tested the crystal-like rocks that showed positive for methamphetamine, the affidavit alleged. Eldridge’s female passenger, who allegedly said she had a methamphetamine pipe in her bra, was charged only with drug paraphernalia possession after a female detention officer retrieved it, court records show.
    According to the state Department of Corrections, Eldridge had been released from prison on Feb. 21 after serving less than half of a 10-year sentence for possessing heroin, marijuana, and methamphetamine with intent to distribute in Cleveland County in 2018.
    Eldridge had also been convicted of using an offensive weapon in a felony in Cleveland County in 2018, passing forged instruments in Cleveland County in 2012, acquiring proceeds from drug activity in Oklahoma County in 2011, grand larceny in Oklahoma County in 2012, and possessing stolen property in Oklahoma County in 2012, DOC records show.