By: Patti Weaver
(Stillwater, Okla.) — A 22-year-old Yale woman accused of possessing methamphetamine with intent to distribute in Cushing has been ordered to appear before Payne County District Judge Phillip Corley on May 14 for arraignment in trial court.
Angelique Nichole Edwards was bound over for trial after she waived her right to a preliminary hearing on April 29, court records show. She remains free on bond on the felony charge punishable by as much as a seven-year prison term and a $100,000 fine on conviction.
Edwards was arrested at 1:35 am on March 13 following a traffic stop on the car she was driving, according to an affidavit by Cushing Police Officer Garvis Scott Thomas.
Cushing police had been sent an hour earlier to a convenience store regarding a possible narcotics violation, Thomas alleged in an affidavit.
The reporting party, who was in the parking lot, told police she works for another business in asset protection and recognized the couple, the affidavit said.
She said that while she was inside the convenience store, Edwards and Tristan Seabolt, 29, of Cushing, handed the clerk a pink straw, the affidavit alleged. She said the silver car left and went west from the store, the affidavit alleged.
Cushing Police Officer Cody Carpenter said “he believed he passed the car, and it had a defective headlight,” the affidavit alleged.
After Officer Thomas located the car and made a traffic stop, “While speaking with Edwards, I could smell the odor of marijuana coming from the vehicle,” the affidavit alleged.
“I asked Edwards if there was anything inside the vehicle that I needed to know about. Edwards explained there might be a little of marijuana inside the vehicle, and that Seabolt just smoked some approximately 30 minutes prior to the traffic stop,” the officer alleged in his affidavit.
After the officer told Edwards of the possible narcotics transaction at the convenience store, Edwards and Seabolt, who was her passenger, denied that anything took place, the affidavit said.
“While searching the vehicle, I located a container sitting behind the steering wheel and in front of the speedometer. Inside the container were two pink straws matching the description that (the reporting party) saw Edwards and Seabolt hand the store clerk,” Officer Thomas alleged in his affidavit.
“The straws had a white powdery substance resembling methamphetamine. There were plastic bags inside each straw,” the affidavit alleged.
“I asked Seabolt if they gave the clerk a straw. Seabolt explained that they did give the clerk a straw, with methamphetamine inside it, in exchange for gas. Seabolt advised the methamphetamine was not his. Since the methamphetamine was directly in front of Edwards, I placed her under arrest,” at 1:35 am, Officer Thomas alleged in his affidavit.
Seabolt was not charged, court records show.
“The clear bags that were inside each straw had a white powdery substance commonly identified as methamphetamine,” that field-tested as the drug, the affidavit alleged.
The metal container had a clear bag that had about 17 small bags with the same white powdery substance, the affidavit alleged.