By Patti Weaver

 

  (Stillwater, Okla.) — A rural Perkins man whose property in the 7400 block of S. Jardot Road was searched on a warrant issued by District Judge Phillip Corley has been ordered to appear in Payne County District Court on Jan. 8 on a nine-count charge including maintaining a house where drugs are kept.
    If convicted of all of his charges including possessing a stolen $25,000 tractor, a stolen car and stolen copper wire, as well as having multiple guns used in the commission of the felony of possession of marijuana with intent to distribute, Flint Donavan Luster, 35, could be given a 44-year prison term.
    Luster was arrested at 12:45 pm on Dec. 12 at his residence where a search warrant was being served, Payne County Sheriff’s Investigator Brandon Myers wrote in an affidavit. Luster was released from the Payne County Jail two days later when he posted $50,000 bail, court records show.
    When a team of deputies went to Luster’s residence at 12:03 pm, “Nobody was home at the time we arrived and secured the property. At about 12:20 pm, Flint Luster drove up to the driveway from Jardot and saw law enforcement. He accelerated southbound from our location at a high rate of speed. Deputies pursued and were able to catch up to him on 80th Street just east of Hwy. 177,” the investigator alleged in his affidavit.
    “Deputies retraced the route taken by Flint and found a clear zip-lock style bag containing a crystal substance that later field-tested positive presumptive for methamphetamine. It was found on the side of the road east of where Flint finally stopped for law enforcement,” the affidavit alleged.
    In the living room, the sheriff’s investigator found two bags containing a substance that tested as methamphetamine, a bag containing marijuana, $312 in cash, and two methamphetamine smoking devices, the affidavit alleged. On a bar, the investigator found a firearm suppressor that appeared to be home-made, a digital scale, and residue that appeared to be methamphetamine, the affidavit alleged.
    On Luster’s bedside table, “I located a ruse Pride and Prejudice book with a hidden safe compartment inside the book and two pistols,” the investigator alleged in his affidavit. Methamphetamine and a smoking device were also found in the table, the affidavit alleged.
    In Luster’s bedroom closet, “I located a Night Owl Digital Video Recorder that was hooked up to his video security system with cameras all around the outside of his residence,” the investigator alleged in his affidavit. In the top of the closet, the investigator found a glass dish containing a substance that tested positive for methamphetamine, the affidavit alleged.
    In a utility room of the residence an unlocked gun safe had 12 firearms, a large amount of ammunition, marijuana, knives and a title to a pickup registered to Luster, the affidavit alleged. In an outbuilding, the investigator found two bags of marijuana, a methamphetamine pipe, a box with numerous unused bags, and a paper bindle containing what appeared to be methamphetamine, the affidavit alleged.
    Just inside the driveway was a Kubota B-26 tractor with front-end loader and backhoe attachments that had been stolen in March of 2021 from about four and one-half miles north of Luster’s house in a subdivision under construction at 19th and Jardot, the affidavit alleged. The tractor valued at $25,000 was owned by a plumbing company in Wilson, the affidavit alleged.
    Behind Luster’s house was a 2011 Nissan Maxima passenger car that had been reported stolen to Stillwater police on Sept. 6, 2022, from the 200 block of W. Elm in Stillwater, the affidavit alleged.
    On the day that the search warrant was served, Luster had been contacted at about 5:30 am by Payne County Sheriff’s Deputy Donato Lomboy at the entrance to an oil well site at Lakeview Road and Ripley Road, the affidavit alleged. Luster “told Deputy Lomboy that he was meeting somebody there,” the affidavit alleged. “It should be noted that there were tools consistent with the theft of copper wire in the bed of his truck,” the affidavit alleged.
    The investigator found on Luster’s property green-coated copper wire specific to oil well sites in Payne County, his affidavit alleged. The investigator found scrap metal receipts from Luster selling copper wire — 308 pounds on Oct. 30, 422 pounds and 423 pounds on Nov. 27, and 246 pounds on Dec. 1, all in 2023, the affidavit alleged.
    “I also found by checking a scrap metal sales data base that Flint sold 920 pounds of #2 copper on 5/4/2023, 90 pounds of #2 copper wire on 6/16/2023, 316 pounds of #2 copper wire and 206 pounds of #1 copper wire on 7/13/2023,” the investigator alleged in his affidavit.
    “In the bed of his truck, I located items commonly used to steal copper wire. The total gross amount of marijuana found on the property was 298 grams or 10.51 ounces. The Phoenix Arms Model HP22A .22 caliber semi-auto pistol and the Ruger Ranch Mini-14 carbine in .223 caliber had their respective serial numbers removed,” the investigator alleged in his affidavit.