The Edmond Sun

January 11, 2013

Cops seize cash, guns, pot from Edmond home

Mark Schlachtenhaufen
The Edmond Sun

EDMOND — Officers seized 3.3 pounds of marijuana worth $16,075, rifles, handguns and an assault rifle at an Edmond home an incident report reveals.

Friday morning, the Edmond Police Department released information about action earlier in the week that led to the seizure of the items from a home at 640 Holly Hill Road. It is located south of Danforth between Fretz and Kelly near Meadow Lakes Park.

Police spokeswoman Jenny Monroe said the information leading to the seizure of the items was from a tip. Among the weapons seized were three .22-caliber rifles, a 270 Maverick rifle with scope, six black powder rifles, a .410 shotgun, a Winchester 12-gauge pump shotgun, a .223 caliber assault rifle and four pistols, Monroe said.

Monroe said officers were not in danger in this event.

“The suspects were cooperative,” she said.

Monday morning, Edmond Police Detective Greg Hunt and other members of the EPD served a search warrant at the home, according to an incident report filed by Hunt.

After announcing their presence officers spotted someone peeking out through the blinds of a bedroom window, Hunt stated. They found the front door was not locked and entered the home where they found a male in a hallway, the report stated.

Hunt stated he smelled a strong odor of marijuana and detained the male; a female also was there.

During a search of the home police found the handguns, rifles and a semi-automatic rifle in the master bedroom, Hunt stated. A large bag containing a green, leafy substance Hunt identified as marijuana was found there. Police found hashish, more marijuana, several prescription pills and smoking pipes elsewhere in the room, the report stated.

In the bedroom closet, officers found a large gun safe, which contained a large stack of $100 and $20 bills; inside the stack was “the buy” used in the marijuana transaction, stated the report, portions of which were redacted.

In another bedroom, officers found empty bags that had a strong odor of marijuana, a heat sealing machine sometimes used in the packaging of marijuana, digital scales and several used and unused pipes, Hunt stated.

In the kitchen, officers found a bowl containing marijuana leaves and a large roll of heat sealing bags, Hunt stated.

In the garage, officers found a safe with a name tag identifying the male as the owner, Hunt stated. Inside was a white envelope containing a large stack of hundred dollar bills, the report stated.

A portion of the incident report regards Hunt questioning a male about trips to Colorado. Monroe said initial points in the investigation lead the department to believe it was a possibility the suspect could be getting the drugs in Colorado.

Hunt stated that when he asked the male if he obtained the marijuana from Edmond, he said he did not. When Hunt asked if he traveled to Colorado to bring back marijuana, the male said he has traveled to Colorado but he does not transport marijuana back to Oklahoma, the report stated.

On Dec. 10, Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper signed an “official declaration of the vote” related to Amendment 64. The declaration formalized the amendment as part of the state Constitution and legalized the personal use, possession and limited home growing of marijuana under Colorado law for adults age 21 and older.

It is still illegal under Colorado law to buy or sell marijuana in any quantity and to consume pot in a way that endangers others, according to Hickenlooper’s office.

Hunt stated that when he asked the male how much of the marijuana he sold, he said he sells a lot but smokes more than he sells. He said he is not a bad person but likes to smoke marijuana, the report stated.

In Oklahoma, manufacturing or selling marijuana — or possessing marijuana with the intent to do so — is illegal. Penalties vary according to the amount possessed, manufactured or sold.

Regarding the firearms, the suspect said he is a hunter and most of his guns were for that purpose, and also for personal protection, Hunt stated.

Jesse Ryan Barnard, 26, of Edmond, was arrested on complaints of possession of a controlled dangerous substance with intent, possession of CDS Schedule IV, possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony and possession of drug records, Hunt stated.

When reached by phone Friday and asked if he wanted to tell his side of the story Barnard asked if he could call The Edmond Sun back. Barnard did not call back by press time.

Alexis Dawn Payne, 19, of Warr Acres, was arrested on complaints of possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia, Hunt stated. Payne had bonded of jail prior to Hunt interviewing her, the report stated.

As of mid-day Friday, neither suspect had been booked into the county jail, according to jail records. Formal charges have not yet been filed by the Oklahoma County district attorney’s office. | 341-2121