PRYOR, OK —
Surveillance footage from March 26 showed Jesse Duane Ward, 42, Pryor, purchasing pseudoephedrine and stealing Coleman fuel, according to a probable cause affidavit filed in the case.
Both are commonly used in the manufacturing of methamphetamine.
A copy of the surveillance footage was given to Detective Chuck Ward of the Pryor Police Department, who was able to identify Ward from to footage.
Detective Ward observed the subject doing yard work on Whitaker Street in Pryor, and stopped to speak with him. “I informed him that I suspected he had stolen Coleman fuel from Walmart in Pryor, and showed him a still shot from the surveillance video showing him at the pharmacy counter where he was purchasing the pseudoephedrine,” said Detective Ward.
In the conversation, Jesse Ward stated he did not use or manufacture meth, according to the affidavit. He allegedly stated that he does buy pseudoephedrine and other supplies that he knows are going to be used to manufacture, and sells those items to people doing the manufacturing.
In addition, Jesse Ward allegedly stated he buys cold packs, lithium batteries and acid that he sells in addition to the fuel and the pseudoephedrine. He purchases a box of pseudoephedrine for roughly $6 and sells them for $50.
The affidavit states Jesse Ward sold to Jay Furnas, who lives in Pryor, to manufacture meth.
Detective Ward found that Jesse Ward has purchased the medication 32 times since August 2012 and has been blocked for purchasing up to the legal limit eight times.
The defendant is charged with a felony count of possession of a precursor substance with intent to manufacture and petit larceny.
A warrant for his arrest was issued along with a $25,000 bond.
Jesse Ward has been charged with a laundry list of offenses in Mayes County, including auto negligence and a variety of misdemeanors and traffic violations from as far back as 1995.