By: Patti Weaver
(Stillwater, Okla.) — A Stillwater woman — who was arrested at a restaurant where she was sleeping at a table — has been jailed on $20,000 bail pending a May 3 court appearance on a felony charge of possessing methamphetamine with intent to distribute as well as misdemeanor counts of public intoxication and having drug paraphernalia.
Ariel Shea Marengo, 31, was arraigned by video from the Payne County Jail earlier this week on the three-count charge.
Marengo was initially arrested for public intoxication at 8:51 pm on April 2 in Subway at 2234 N. Perkins Road after Stillwater police were sent there 33 minutes earlier on a report that a female was sleeping and not responsive at one of the tables, an affidavit alleged.
“I observed the female sitting at the table with her head lying down. As I walked closer, I noticed she had a baggy on her lap that contained multiple white segmented pills,” consistent with Xanax, Stillwater Police Officer Damian Neiswanger alleged in an affidavit filed last week.
“I attempted to make contact with the female a few times, and she finally responded and looked at me. She gave me a confused look and seemed as though she did not know where she was for a moment.
“She said that she was at a friend’s house and she came up to Subway to get food. I asked her if she got any food, and she said that she did not,” the officer alleged in his affidavit. The woman, who gave police various names, had slow speech, droopy eyelids and slow motor movements, the affidavit alleged.
“I asked her if she had anything in her bag with any identification on it, and she said that she did not because it was her friend’s. I told her to hand it to me, and I observed some hypodermic needles in it. I then asked her if she had a prescription for Xanax or alprazolam, and she said that she did not. She also told me they were not hers,” the officer alleged in his affidavit.
“She then told me that she wanted to start over, and I told her we were past that, and she began to tell me that her boyfriend left her stranded at her friend’s house and left her. I told her we were going to walk outside and that she was placed under arrest for public intoxication.
“I asked her again what her name was, and she said ‘what’s my name?’ I told her that I was going to place her in the back seat of my patrol car and I asked her if she had anything on her person that I needed to know about. She said that she did not have anything on her person,” the officer wrote in his affidavit.
When her bags were searched, she had a wallet with multiple cards belonging to an Ariel Marengo. “I asked her if her actual name was Ariel and she said yes,” the officer alleged in his affidavit.
The officer found more hypodermic needles and a glass pipe commonly used for smoking methamphetamine, the affidavit alleged. The officer also found multiple spoons with a brown tar-like residue commonly associated with heroin, the affidavit alleged.
“I also located a red zippered coin purse that contained a white crystalline substance that was consistent with methamphetamine,” and a prescription in the name of another woman, the officer alleged in his affidavit.
“Ariel also had warrants out of Lincoln County and Payne County that she was booked for. I later was told by the jail that they had located a coin baggy containing a black tar-like substance consistent with heroin,” the officer alleged in his affidavit.
The white crystalline substance, brown substance and a hypodermic needle with clear liquid were sent to the state crime bureau for further chemical analysis, the affidavit said.
Marengo was wanted in Lincoln County for violating the probation she was given in a 2018 stolen property and methamphetamine case, court records show. Marengo was also wanted in Payne County for violating the probation she was given in a 2018 alprazolam and drug paraphernalia case when she lived in rural Perkins, court records show.