By: Patti Weaver
(Stillwater, Okla.) — An ex-convict jailed on $250,000 bail has been charged with possessing cocaine and Xanax pills with intent to distribute in Stillwater, as well as being a felon in possession of a chamber-loaded pistol — two years after he was freed on $100,000 bail on earlier cocaine charges.
Crawford Oliver Martin, 36, who has also been known as Martin Crawford, has been ordered to appear in court on June 8 on all of his charges for which he could be given multiple life prison terms if convicted. Martin, who previously lived in Tulsa, was listed as homeless in court records.
In his latest case, Martin was arrested with Bianca Mae Stonebarger, 18, of Tulsa, at an apartment complex in Stillwater at 3:19 pm on May 21 after a “caller believed hand-to-hand drug transactions were taking place from a vehicle in the parking lot,” Stillwater Police Investigator Adam Elliott alleged in an affidavit filed last week with the charges.
“I recognized Crawford Martin as the front seat passenger in the black SUV. I am familiar with Martin and know him to have a criminal history involving the use and distribution of illegal CDS (drugs) and possession of firearms…All people on scene became agitated with our presence and were very uncooperative,” Elliott alleged in his affidavit.
“Upon searching the SUV where Martin and Stonebarger were seated, Detective Carson located several items. In a black purse near the driver’s seat was a Ruger EC9s that was chamber-loaded. Also in the purse was a green plastic bottle containing a plastic baggy that contained 3.5 grams of cocaine and 36 Xanax pills. The purse also contained Stonebarger’s wallet and $1,100 in US. currency. In the center console was a prescription pill bottle that contained a plastic baggy that contained 100 Xanax pills,” the affidavit alleged.
Stonebarger “claimed the gun was hers and that her sister gave it to her. When asked what else in the vehicle belonged to her, she said everything. However, she was unable to provide a description of any additional items other than her purse. When I asked what else was in her purse, she stated she wouldn’t answer that question without her attorney,” Elliott alleged in his affidavit. The teenager was charged with possession of cocaine and Xanax pills with intent to distribute and released from jail on $10,000 bail with an order to appear in court on June 24.
Two years ago, Martin was arrested in another apartment complex parking lot in Stillwater with another female driver, who said “she has only known Martin for two days. She also stated that as Martin was exiting her vehicle, he placed the clear baggy on the center console,” an affidavit by Elliott alleged. She was arrested on unrelated charges, the affidavit said.
In that case, Martin was charged with delivering cocaine to a police informant, possessing the drug with intent to distribute, failing to protect his 3-year-old child from exposure to possession and sale of drugs, and having drug paraphernalia, all on June 7, 2019. In addition to cocaine, Martin had $2,247 in cash — consisting of $1,010 in his left shoe, $77 in his pocket and $1,160 in his wallet, the affidavit alleged.
His 2019 arrest in Stillwater occurred about six months after Martin got out of prison where he served about four and one-half years of a 15-year sentence for drug possession in 2012 in Payne County, state Department of Corrections records show. Martin had also served about three years of concurrent prison terms he was given in 2006 for Payne County convictions of assault with intent to commit a felony in 2006, drug possession in 2004, and possessing a false ID in 2004, DOC records show.