The Edmond Sun

December 4, 2012

Informant helps halt Edmond drug activity

Mark Schlachtenhaufen
The Edmond Sun

EDMOND — An informant and an undercover officer helped detectives end alleged drug-related traffic at an Edmond hotel, according to an incident report.

Police Detective Tony Newsom received information from a person identified as “CI-447” that the suspect, a 24-year-old Edmond man, was staying in room No. 46 at the Broadway Suites, 1305 S. Broadway, and allegedly selling prescription pills, according to the report filed by Newsom.

CI-447 agreed to make a purchase from the suspect, and before the transaction the informant was searched for any illegal substances, money or weapons; none were found, the report stated. An undercover Edmond detective drove CI-447 to the hotel and they knocked at the room, the report stated.

A supplemental report filed by the undercover detective stated that when the suspect saw him he asked if he was a cop; the undercover detective said he was not. Newsom stated the suspect let both the undercover detective and CI-447 into his room.

The undercover detective stated he told the suspect he was looking for some pain medication and asked if he had any. The suspect said he did not, but he did have some prescribed pills that act as pain medication because they helped him with his shoulder soreness, the undercover detective stated.

Newsom stated that during the transaction, the suspect handed CI-447 some 25 pills and the undercover detective handed the suspect $40 in cash.

When the transaction was completed, both CI-447 and the undercover detective left the hotel, Newsom stated. CI-447 was again searched for any illegal substance, money or weapons; none were found, the report stated.

At the station it was determined the suspect had sold 15 hydroxyzine (Vistaril) and 10 gabapentin (Neurontin) pills, which were obtained by a doctor’s prescription and not for resale, Newsom stated.

Newsom stated he used the information to obtain a search warrant for the hotel room.

According to a supplemental report filed by Police Sgt. Damon Minter on Nov. 20, Minter and other officers executed the warrant. After they announced their presence the suspect identified himself. Minter immediately placed him on the floor and handcuffed him, the report stated.

Minter stated the suspect told him he had a bag in the room; it contained paperwork with his name all over it and two bottles of prescription drugs. A total of 45 hydroxyzine and 52 gabapentin pills were seized, according to the reports.

Sean Robert Metzger, 24, of Edmond, was arrested on a drug sales related complaint, the report stated. Charges were to be prepared and presented to the district attorney’s office for a final decision in the case. | 341-2121, ext. 108