By: Patti Weaver

(Stillwater, Okla.) — A Perkins man, who got out of prison a year ago, and two Perkins women have been charged with trafficking heroin in a case investigated by Stillwater police.

Brandon Keith McCutchen, 35, Chelesa Gay Nietenhoefer, 48, and Janee Lynn Blair, 38, each could receive as much as a life prison term if convicted.

McCutchen remains jailed on $75,000 bail pending a Sept. 15 preliminary hearing. Nietenhoefer has been freed on $50,000 bail with an order to appear in court on Aug. 25 with an attorney.

Blair, who was listed as homeless, remains jailed on $50,000 bail pending a Sept. 14 court appearance at which she can seek a preliminary hearing.

All three, who were in one vehicle, were arrested at 8:04 p.m. on July 23 following a traffic stop at 1800 S. Perkins Road in Stillwater, an affidavit said.

On that day Stillwater Police Officer Josh Carson and Detective Brett Moore had “received information that Chelesa Nietenhoefer was currently picking up a load of heroin and would be returning to Payne County to deliver narcotics,” an affidavit alleged.

When their vehicle was stopped, the driver, Drue Mills, 44, of Stillwater, “appeared extremely nervous as she was visibly shaking and her breathing was rapid as I ascertained her pertinent information,” Carson wrote in his affidavit. Mills was also arrested and charged with drug trafficking, but the case was dropped by the prosecution, court records show.

After the officer asked Nietenhoefer to step out of the vehicle, “I observed a large amount of a black tar substance, believe to be heroin, in a plastic baggy that Chelesa (Nietenhoefer) was attempting to push under the seat,” Carson alleged in his affidavit.

“I picked up the plastic baggy which did in fact contain a large chunk of heroin,” Carson alleged in his affidavit.

“All occupants to include the backseat passengers, Brandon McCutchen and Janee Blair, were placed in handcuffs,” in investigative detention, the affidavit said.

“Chelesa admitted the four of them took her vehicle to OKC and met an individual near Meridian and May. Chelesa stated Brandon exited the vehicle and got into a red truck.

“Chelesa stated the truck drove around the block and Brandon got back into her vehicle with approximately 26 grams of heroin. The four drove directly back to Stillwater,” the affidavit alleged.

Asked why they had stopped in a store’s parking lot, “Chelesa stated they were dividing the heroin up,” the affidavit alleged.

“Drue’s statement corroborated the statement made by Chelesa. Drue further admitted to having heroin concealed in her bra. A female officer was requested from OSU PD to respond to my location to remove the heroin and search the three females,” Carson alleged in his affidavit.

“I attempted to speak to Brandon; however, he stated he did not have anything to do with anything,” Carson wrote in his affidavit.

“We spoke with the third female, Janee Blair. Janee gave the same statement as Chelesa and Drue; however, she stated she was only riding with them and did not purchase any heroin. Due to the fact, all occupants, with the exception of Brandon, gave the same statement and based off our observations, all four were arrested for trafficking heroin and transported to the Stillwater City Jail,” Carson alleged in his affidavit.

“Upon arriving at the jail, Officer Gulick advised he transported Brandon and located a receipt in a transport cage. Inside the receipt was a black tar-like substance,” which field-tested as heroin, the affidavit alleged.

“The total weight for all seized heroin was 27 grams, to including the weight of the packaging material,” the affidavit alleged.

According to court records and the state Department of Corrections, McCutchen had previously been convicted of:

* concealing stolen property and being a felon in possession of a firearm in 2018 in Lincoln County, for which he was given two concurrent 10-year prison terms, with the balance suspended on completion of the Bill Johnson Drug Offender Work Camp, which he finished in September of 2019 when his sentence was changed to nine years of probation with an order to pay $8,800 restitution, have a substance abuse evaluation, and perform any recommended follow-up treatment;

* methamphetamine possession in 2011 in Payne County, for which he was ordered into Drug Court in 2012 but terminated a year later, after which he had in-patient treatment and was allowed back into Drug Court in 2014 that he completed in 2016;

* methamphetamine possession in 2008 in Payne County, for which he was placed on five years of probation in 2009, which he violated and received a 90-day jail term in 2012.