The Pryor Times

Crimes and courts

January 3, 2014

Drug bust in quiet neighborhood

PRYOR, OK — Three arrested in Pryor on drug charges

Law enforcement descended on southeast Graham Court in Pryor to serve a search warrant around 9:30 Tuesday morning.

The otherwise quiet neighborhood was lined with patrol vehicles as Mayes County Sheriff's Office was assisted by Pryor Police Department to issue a warrant on the residence of Jody Brandt. Officers reported suspects in question were not home at the time the warrant was served. The suspects returned home hours later, however, and were arrested around 2:30 that afternoon.

Several anonymous tips had been reported on the sheriff's tip line, officials said, alerting them to suspicious behavior at the residence.

Brandt, 44, Tori Stewart, 22, and Matthew Ardelian, 42, were removed from the home and arrested on felony charges.

“We pulled up to the residence the second time and saw Stewart on foot, so we circled the block allowing him time to return home,” said Mayes County Sheriff’s Office Investigator Jason Treat, assigned to Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics Taskforce. “When we arrived he was in the front yard and his mother, Jody Brandt, was showing him the search warrant.”

According to Treat, Brandt is charged with possession of a controlled dangerous substance, maintaining a dwelling where drugs are kept, sold and used, and possession of paraphernalia. Ardelian, Brandt’s boyfriend, and Stewart are both charged with possession of a controlled dangerous substance and possession of paraphernalia. All three individuals have prior felony convictions.

“Matthew has several aliases and has multiple felonies out of several states including California, Washington, Colorado and Ohio,” said Treat. “Most of which are related to drugs or stolen property.”

Stewart was charged with a felony count of possession of a controlled dangerous substance, possession of a firearm while in commission of a felony and possession of paraphernalia in Mayes County on

Dec. 16.

The three were remanded to the custody of the Mayes County Jail.


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