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February 13, 2014

Five children taken from home in drug raid

PRYOR, OK — Five children were removed from a home in a methamphetamine bust in Salina.

A search warrant was served at

6:15 p.m. Monday at 208 S. Morgan St.

The warrant was served by Mayes County Sheriff’s Office, Salina Police Officer Justin Hokett and the Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics.

Steven Lindsey, Eric Tumilty and Sabrina Dehart were

arrested.

“When we arrived at the residence, Steven was at work but he is charged with child neglect as he allowed the use and selling of drugs in the home. He said he had no knowledge of the drug activity,” said Mayes County Sheriff’s Investigator Jason Treat, who is a special agent assigned to OBN. “So Sabrina was home alone with the five children when we first arrived.”

Treat said Tumilty arrived soon after the warrant was served, having not seen the police vehicles.

“Eric, who is Sabrina’s cousin, came to the house to get his meth to sell. He had two unused syringes on him, so he was prepared to use some himself,” said Treat. “After Sabrina became aware of who we were and why we were there she ran to the back bedroom and attempted to hide the meth internally.”

Officers seized 29 grams of crystal methamphetamine, called ice, from the residence. Any amount over 20 grams results in a felony charge of trafficking in illegal substances.

The children, ranging in age from one to 11 years old, lived in the residence, according to Treat and the information filed in the case.

“The living conditions are what I would call sub-par. There were piles of clothes everywhere, it was unsanitary so there was a bug infestation. Mostly, the part that led to child neglect charges was that all five children had access to the meth,” said Treat, who pointed out the house is also within a short distance of three parks.

The children, Treat said, have been placed with a family member.

The three adults appeared in Mayes County District Court Tuesday for arraignment.

Dehart was charged with felony counts of child neglect and trafficking in illegal drugs, both of which she was told can carry up to a life sentence. Her bond was set at $200,000.

Lindsey received a felony count of child neglect, which can carry up to life, and bond was set at $100,000. Receiving a new felony charge is a violation of the terms of Lindsey’s probation, resulting in a motion to revoke his suspended sentence.

For the charge of domestic assault and battery, Lindsey could be ordered to serve the seven years remaining of his

10-year sentence in jail. Bond on the motion to revoke was set at $15,000.

Tumilty is charged with trafficking in illegal drugs, carrying weapons, brass knuckles and possession of drug paraphernalia. His bond was set at $200,000.

 

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