By: Patti Weaver

(Stillwater, Okla.) — An ex-convict and his girlfriend, who were allegedly selling drugs from an apartment near a Stillwater grade school, have been jailed, along with a woman accused of using her residence as a place where drugs were kept and sold.

Damon Eugene Thomas Sr., 43, of Stillwater, who got out of prison eight months ago, and his girlfriend, Ashley Anne Griffith, 29, of Perkins, have been ordered to appear in court today on charges of possessing methamphetamine with intent to distribute. Thomas has also been accused of possessing two pistols that had been reported as stolen.

Sherri Louise Stokes, 38, who allegedly “admitted to Damon and Ashley selling narcotics,” from her Stillwater apartment, has been ordered to appear in court on Sept. 13.

The trio were arrested on Aug. 10 after a search warrant was served at Stokes’ apartment on E. 6th Street, Stillwater Police Detective Brett Moore wrote in an affidavit.

“In Sherri’s bedroom, I located a small quantity of a black tar-like substance believed to be heroin and syringes adjacent to her bed on the nightstand. Sherri is a known heroin user. I have arrested numerous individuals leaving Sherri’s residence, most of which had narcotics on their person,” the detective alleged in his affidavit.

“It was determined Ashley was living in the (center) bedroom with her boyfriend Damon Thomas Sr. Under the pillow where Ashley and Damon were laying, a stolen Ruger LC 9 pistol was found chamber and magazine loaded. A Sig 365 was also found chamber and magazine loaded on the south wall on top of a plastic dresser,” another affidavit alleged.

A safe under the bed had “copious amounts of drug paraphernalia to include pipes and hundreds of unused zip top baggies,” digital scales with methamphetamine residue and a zip top plastic bag containing methamphetamine, the affidavit alleged. The apartment was located about 180 feet from Highland Park Elementary School property, the affidavit said.

Thomas has also been charged with violating a protective order as a second offense by entering a Perkins convenience store on Jan. 27 while his ex-wife was working, an affidavit alleged. She said “she looked up and looked straight into the eyes of the devil. (She said) as soon as she saw it was Damon ‘her heart went straight into her throat,” an affidavit alleged.

Thomas has a criminal record from Payne, Kay and Custer counties, including convictions for drugs, guns, domestic violence, and burglary, according to the Department of Corrections.