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Stolen car alert leads to drug seizure

A 26-year-old Oklahoma woman faces a raft of felony charges linked to an allegedly stolen car and substances believed to be heroin and methamphetamine seized during the early morning hours of Oct. 9. The woman was taken into custody by Garfield County Sheriff's Office deputies after they said drug paraphernalia was discovered in her residence and illegal narcotics were allegedly found in the car she was driving. She has been charged with drug possession, possession of controlled dangerous substances, possession of a stolen vehicle and drug possession with the intent to distribute.

A GCSO deputy says that he became suspicious at about 2:48 a.m. when he observed a Kia sedan on West Willow Road in Enid that appeared to be trying to avoid him. The deputy then followed the vehicle until it pulled into a driveway outside a residence on North Monroe Street. The deputy says that he then observed a man and a woman exit the vehicle and run into the residence. A check of the vehicle's tags allegedly revealed that it had been reported stolen.

Backup units were quickly dispatched to the scene to set up a perimeter around the home. A search warrant was issued, and the ensuing search is said to have led to the discovery of drug packaging materials and drug paraphernalia. A search of the vehicle allegedly led to the seizure of 71.8 grams of a substance later identified as heroin and 28.3 grams of a substance later identified as methamphetamine.

Individuals facing serious drug charges may feel that their best course of action is to cooperate fully with police when the evidence against them seems overwhelming, but experienced criminal defense attorneys may advise them to remain silent. Prosecutors are often willing to make significant sentencing concessions in order to secure a guilty plea and avoid the risks of a jury trial, but those risks are much lower when the defendant has confessed.

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