PRYOR, OK —
Mayes County Sheriff's Investigator Jason Treat began surveillance of the property owned by Christian Butcher, owner of Quality Trash Service, on Oct. 17.
Treat, along with Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics agent Jim Ward and Delaware County District Attorney task force agents Mike Eason and Larry Barnett, contacted the Department of Environmental Quality to find out if Butcher had obtained a permit to dump trash on his own property.
When no permit was found, Treat obtained a search warrant from Judge Rebecca Gore and the search warrant was executed Tuesday.
“We had also received a tip that in addition to the piles of trash, there could be a methamphetamine lab,” said Treat, who explained Butcher was illegally dumping trash on his own property rather than the designated trash dump site.
“We proceeded with extreme caution, not knowing what the trash piles consisted of,” said Treat. “During our search we located a meth lab.”
Treat said the final charges include manufacturing a controlled dangerous substance, possession of a controlled dangerous substance, possession of paraphernalia, possession of a police scanner while in commission of a felony, possession of a firearm while in commission of a felony and unlawful waste management.
While no charges are being filed against other individuals at this time, another convicted felon, Karyn Jones, was present at the time the warrant was executed.
Butcher operated a trash service in the Wickliffe area, between Salina and Spavinaw. His criminal record has both felony and misdemeanor charges.
In 2005, Butcher was charged with knowingly concealing stolen property and possession of a controlled dangerous substance. Prior to that, in 1997, he was charged with possession of a controlled drug, actual physical control and possession of paraphernalia. Also in 1997, he was charged with a misdemeanor count of attempting to elude an officer. In Delaware County, that same year, he was charged with a felony count of omitting to provide for a minor child.
Butcher appeared in Mayes County District Court via video conference from the jail Wednesday.
Gore continued his case until Monday and bond was set at $250,000.