By Patti Weaver
(Stillwater, Okla.) — A Stillwater ex-convict has been jailed on $100,000 bail pending a Dec. 5 court appearance on a felony charge of possessing 11 grams of fentanyl — which is 11 times the amount required for trafficking the drug.
If convicted of fentanyl trafficking, Michael Lynn Rush, 46, who has a criminal record in four counties, could be given a life prison term, court records show.
Rush was arrested at 3:39 pm on Nov. 8, about 38 minutes after a traffic stop at 6th and Stallard, Stillwater Police Officer Brett Moore wrote in an affidavit.
“Michael appeared extremely nervous as he was excessively sweating and breathing rapidly. Detective Carson and I had our ballistic vests on and were not sweating.
“For the last several months, I have received information from numerous confidential informants that Michael was actively distributing pressed fentanyl pills. I informed Michael that I was detaining his vehicle for a K9 to respond.
“Michael was adamant that there were no illegal narcotics inside the vehicle. Payne County Deputy Sloan arrived and deployed his K9 partner for a free air sniff on the vehicle.
“Detective Carson and I began searching the vehicle and located half a pill in the passenger seat of Michael’s vehicle. The pill was round and blue in color. The pill had partial imprints of ‘M’ ’30.’ The pill did not appear factory-pressed, as the markings were distorted, and the pill was flaky.
“Through my training and experience, I knew these pills are often pressed with fentanyl. Michael denied knowing the pill was inside his vehicle.
“While speaking to Michael, he admitted to having methamphetamine and a methamphetamine pipe at his residence. Michael denied having any additional pills at his residence,” Officer Moore alleged in his affidavit.
After Rush was arrested, a Payne County judge issued a search warrant for his residence at which 11 grams of round blue fentanyl pressed pills were found in a balloon-style package, the affidavit alleged.
“The pills were wrapped and tied in numerous cut and tied latex gloves. This is 11 times the trafficking weight of fentanyl. Along with the pills, we located an amount of methamphetamine and paraphernalia,” Officer Moore alleged in his affidavit.
During a jail interview, “Michael admitted to knowing the pills were inside his room and stated he was helping a friend out,” the affidavit alleged.
According to court records and the state Department of Corrections, Rush had apparently been released from prison in January after being convicted of:
* methamphetamine trafficking and methamphetamine possession in two different cases in Stillwater in 2016 for which he served less than half of two concurrent 10-year sentences from Payne County;
* drug possession in Logan County in 2014 for which he was originally given probation that was revoked in 2017 to four years in prison concurrent to the above cases;
* assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, assault and battery on a police officer, and eluding a police officer in Custer County in 2008 for which he was given a seven-year prison term and two five-year prison terms, all to run concurrently, but he served less than half;
* shoplifting and possessing stolen property in Clinton in 2007 for which he was given two seven-year prison terms from Custer County in 2008 concurrent to the above cases;
* domestic abuse in Elk City in 2005 for which he was given a four-year prison term from Beckham County in 2008 concurrent to the above cases.