By: Patti Weaver

(Stillwater, Okla.) — Former Yale resident Cari Ann Cope, who served a prison sentence in a Pawnee County drug case, has been charged in Payne County with attempting to burglarize a neighbor’s car in Stillwater and carrying methamphetamine into the Payne County Jail, along with possessing methamphetamine and marijuana on March 7.

Cope, 43, of Stillwater, was initially held in the Payne County Jail and then taken to the Beckham County Jail on outstanding Elk City warrants, court records show.

Payne County Sheriff’s Deputy Donato Lomboy was sent on March 7 to Memory Lane in rural Stillwater after Cope’s neighbor heard her car alarm at 4 p.m., saw no one, and then was contacted by a woman who said she saw Cope attempt to get in the neighbor’s car before walking back to her own residence when the car alarm went off, an affidavit alleged.

When deputies went to a residence where a relative of Cope lives, no one answered the door, but they saw Cope walking in the area, an affidavit alleged.

Sheriff’s Deputy Scott Hopper followed Cope to a location where she was crouching behind a pickup truck, an affidavit alleged.

Cope said that she did try to get into a vehicle to get a cigarette, an affidavit alleged.

After a Payne County dispatcher said that Cope had outstanding warrants from Elk City, Cope was arrested and placed in the back seat of a patrol car, the affidavit said.

“As we were on the east side of the courthouse approaching the jail, Deputy Hopper turned around and saw Cari put something in her mouth,” which she was ordered to spit out, Deputy Lomboy alleged in his affidavit.

“She spit out a small clear baggy containing a leafy green substance,” the affidavit alleged.

In the back seat of the patrol car, deputies found a purple bag containing a pipe with burnt marijuana residue, two bank cards and cash, the affidavit alleged.

At the Payne County Jail, another baggy containing a green leafy substance was found in the back seat, the affidavit alleged.

Inside the jail, a detention deputy told Cope to spit out something she had in her mouth, the affidavit alleged.

“Cari finally spit out a small clear baggy containing white powder residue,” that tested positive for methamphetamine, the affidavit alleged.

According to records from the court system and the state Department of Corrections, when Cope was living in Yale she was convicted of endeavoring to manufacture methamphetamine, as well as possessing methamphetamine and marijuana in 2006 for which she was given in 2007 a seven-year prison term of which she served about one and one-half years, followed by seven years of probation that was revoked in 2009 to two years in prison where she served six months before she was released in October of 2009.

In the Drumright division of Creek County District Court, Cope was convicted in 2008 of endeavoring to manufacture a drug and possessing a drug for which she was placed on 10 years’ probation, court records show.

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