By:  Patti Weaver

(Stillwater, Okla.) — A Stillwater man, who got out of prison six months ago, has been released from the Payne County Jail on $100,000 bail on felony charges of trafficking methamphetamine on two occasions, being a convicted felon in possession of a loaded shotgun, and delivering methamphetamine to a confidential informant for the Stillwater Police Department.

George Willard Mefford III, 50, has been ordered to appear in court on April 22 for preliminary hearings on all of his charges, court records show. If convicted of all counts, Mefford could be given three life prison terms plus 10 years and $230,000 in fines, court records show.

At the time of his latest arrest, Mefford was free on $10,000 bail on charges of drug trafficking and gun possession on Jan. 30 in Stillwater, court records show.

In his March 8 cases, Mefford was arrested in Stillwater after he left the Wyndham Garden Hotel where his room contained two bags of methamphetamine totaling 21.5 grams, Stillwater Police Officer Tom Comstock alleged in an affidavit.

Police obtained a search warrant that night for Mefford’s room after an undercover informant allegedly bought 3.6 grams of methamphetamine from him, according to another affidavit by Comstock. Mefford was found in possession of two bags of methamphetamine, each of which weighed 3.5 grams, the affidavit alleged. Mefford also had $451 including two bills that matched the serial numbers of the money the informant used to buy methamphetamine from Mefford, the affidavit alleged.

Mefford’s earlier arrest occurred at his residence in the 5700 block of S. Jardot Road in Stillwater when police along with a sheriff’s deputy served a search warrant at 9:27 a.m. on Jan. 30, court records showed.

“After the second knock, I could hear a male talking on the other side of the wall, but was not answering the door…I stepped out of the way and Det. Carson breached the door,” Stillwater Police Officer Shawn Millermon wrote in an affidavit.

“When I contacted George, he was lying on a bed and on the left side of his head was the buttstock end of a shotgun,” that had a live round loaded in the chamber, the Stillwater officer alleged in his affidavit.

On a coffee table at the foot of his bed, a glasses case had a spoon, needle and a clear glass cylinder with a white powdery residue, the Stillwater officer alleged.

“George was a convicted felon and prohibited from being in possession of a firearm,” the affidavit said.

In the bedroom, police allegedly found 61 grams of methamphetamine, which is more than three times the amount required for a drug trafficking charge, court records show.

“George was found to be in possession of trafficking amounts of methamphetamine, packaging material, working digital scales and drug paraphernalia used to ingest methamphetamine…it is apparent that George is deeply involved in a drug trafficking ring,” operated out of his residence, the affidavit alleged.

According to the state Department of Corrections and court records, Mefford, who has also used the first name of Tray was previously convicted in Payne County of:

* drug possession in 2007 for which he was originally given probation that was changed in 2015 to a prison term of six years and eight months of which he served about two years;

* drug possession in 2012 for which he was given a concurrent prison term in 2015 of six years and eight months of which he served about two years;

* domestic violence as a second offense in 2011 for which he was given a 45-day jail term;

* drug possession with intent to distribute in 2014 for which he was given a concurrent prison term in 2015 of 10 years of which he served almost three years;

* drug possession with intent to distribute in 2015 for which he was given a concurrent prison term in 2015 of 10 years of which he served almost three years.