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September 23, 2011

Yale man faces methamphetamine charges

YALE, Okla. — An arrest warrant was issued this week for a Yale man who police say was cooking methamphetamine and growing marijuana in a house.

Garvin Lee Smith, 47, is charged with possession of substances with intent to manufacture the controlled dangerous substance methamphetamine, trafficking in illegal drugs, possession of controlled drug without tax stamp affixed, unlawful cultivation of marijuana, possession of firearm during commission of a felony, child endangerment and unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia.

Yale police Chief Phillip Keeling saw a man and woman enter the Yale Drug Store on Aug. 10 and knew from previous investigations they had purchased large amounts of pseudoephedrine, a key ingredient in meth, according to an arrest warrant affidavit Keeling wrote.

A few minutes later, Keeling and a police officer went to 606 Rockinghorse Lane. A man allowed them into the house, and told them he had drug parapheranalia and a marijuana plant, the affidavit says. Officers searched the home and found pseudoephedrine, a roll of plastic tubing, funnels, used coffee filters, drain cleaner, muriatic acid, camping fuel and other substances that could be used to make drugs. The man at the home told officers he had used the substances to make meth, the affidavit says.

In a bedroom closet, police found an Itachi 20-gauge shotgun, a Harrington and Richardson Arms 16-gauge shotgun and a Western Field .22 long rifle, according to the affidavit. They also found a marijuana plant growing under lights, the affidavit says.

A 3-year-old and an 11-year-old boy were at the home at the time of the search.

Court records do not show the woman has been charged.

Smith has not been booked into the Payne County Jail, a jailer said Friday afternoon.

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