By: Patti Weaver

(Stillwater, Okla.) — A Cushing man and two women are facing the possibility of life prison terms if convicted of trafficking $3,500 worth of methamphetamine in rural Payne County in a case investigated by the Stillwater Police Department’s Special Projects Unit.

Nathan Alan Wright, 40, who had gotten out of prison five months earlier, was driving a car with back seat passenger Leslie Gail Kazee, 32, of Yale, who was released from prison four years ago, and front seat passenger Kathlene Ann Scalley, 38, of Cushing, when their vehicle was stopped just south of Yost Road on Tower Park Estates Rd. on June 25, an affidavit alleged.

Wright remains jailed on $100,000 bail pending a Sept. 13 court appearance at which he can seek a preliminary hearing. Kazee, who remains held on $100,000 bail, and Scalley, who remains jailed on $50,000 bail, are scheduled to have preliminary hearings next week, court records show.

Stillwater Police Detective Josh Carson had been contacted by a confidential informant who claimed methamphetamine could be purchased from Kazee, Stillwater Police Detective Brett Moore alleged in an affidavit.

After their car was stopped, Stillwater Police Detective Adam Elliott “told me his K9 partner alerted to the odor of illegal drugs and stated the vehicle needed to be detained and searched,” Moore alleged in his affidavit.

“I found methamphetamine and paraphernalia throughout the vehicle as well as the center console and glove compartment of the Chrysler 300. Over four ounces of methamphetamine or 112 grams was seized. The estimated street value associated with this much methamphetamine is $3,500,” Moore alleged in his affidavit.

“Nathan admitted to the methamphetamine in the vehicle and stated they were delivering methamphetamine to make extra money,” the affidavit alleged.

In two other affidavits, Detective Carson alleged he found methamphetamine and paraphernalia in the purses of both passengers in the car.

Wright has an extensive criminal record including convictions for kidnapping, aggravated assault and battery, being a felon with a firearm and possessing methamphetamine in Cushing, state Department of Corrections records show.

Kazee has been convicted of endeavoring to manufacture methamphetamine in Okmulgee County and Payne County, court records show.