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Police find drugs during traffic stop in Howe

September 9, 2011

Formal charges were
filed against a Heavener
man Wednesday afternoon
stemming from his arrest
in July for allegedly possessing
narcotics.
Jason Lee Ellis, 28, of
Heavener, was charged
with possession of a controlled
dangerous substance
– methamphetamines
and marijuana
after Howe police officers
discovered narcotics hidden
under a seat during a
traffic stop.
According to the affidavit
filed by Howe Police
Officer Michael Oliver, on
July 26, he witnessed Ellis
driving a red Chevy
Cavalier that turned onto
Old State Highway 59
northbound. Oliver followed
Ellis after he reportedly
observed him drive
left of the center dividing
line. While he followed
Ellis he also witnessed
him nearly run off the road
as he took the turn too
sharply.
The report shows that
Oliver initiated a traffic
stop and when he walked
to the driver’s door Ellis
appeared to be trying to
block his view into the
car. When asked for his
driver’s license and insurance
Ellis told the officer
he had neither with him
and that the car didn’t
belong to him. After
gaining his personal information,
Oliver determined
that Ellis was a valid driver
with a Texas license
and issued him a warning.
As Oliver gave Ellis his
warning he reported that
Ellis was acting suspicious
by still trying to block his
view into the vehicle. He
stated that he asked Ellis
if he had any illegal substance
or weapons inside
the car and when Ellis said
no, he asked if he could
search the vehicle. The
report shows that Ellis
granted permission to
search the vehicle and
Oliver requested that Ellis
and his two minor passengers
exit the vehicle.
According to the report,
as Oliver searched the passenger
front of the car, he
located a bag that contained
marijuana and
methamphetamines hidden
under the passenger
seat.
When Ellis was questioned
about the illegal
narcotics that had been
found inside the car he
reportedly admitted to
Oliver that he had just
stole the narcotics from a
man that owed him
money.
Both minors were
released to family members
that arrived at the
scene of the traffic stop.
One minor was issued a
city citation for possession
of marijuana after he
allegedly admitted that
some of the narcotics were
his.
Ellis was placed under
arrest and the vehicle
impounded. Oliver transported
Ellis to the LeFlore
County Sheriff ’s
Department for questioning
regarding the theft of
the narcotics.
Ellis is currently free
on a $7,500 bond awaiting
his next court date
September 29.
If convicted of the
crimes he has been charged
with he could face up to
ten years in the Oklahoma
Department of Corrections
and fines up to $5,000.

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