A traffic stop by Durant police led to three people being charged with trafficking in methamphetamine.
Charged this week were Chris Newton Key, 56, Jesus Franco Luna-Duarte, 29, and Summer M. McKeown, 23.
They were arrested after Durant Police Patrolman Buddy Faulkner stopped a vehicle due to it having non-working tail lights.
An affidavit states the suspects acted nervous and their stories of how they knew each other and where they were going did not add up. Faulkner requested Master Police Officer Shane Walker and his K-9 unit to come to the scene, and according to the affidavit, the dog alerted to narcotics having been in the vehicle.
According to the affidavit, Luna-Duarte possessed four baggies containing a crystal substance, and a subsequent search of the vehicle revealed 142 grams of a a crystal-like substance believed to be methamphetamine.
In other crime news, James Abbott, 32, Calera, pleaded guilty Thursday in federal court in Muskogee to embezzlement by bank officer or employee, the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Oklahoma said.
Abbott was accused of embezzling more than $1,000 while an employee of First United Bank & Trust in Durant.
The Honorable Kimberly E. West, Magistrate Judge in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Oklahoma, accepted the defendant’s guilty plea, and ordered the completion of a presentence report. Sentencing will be scheduled upon its completion. The defendant remains on bond pending sentencing. The statutory range of punishment is not more than 3 years imprisonment, followed by three years of supervised release and a possible fine of up to $1,000,000.00.
Assistant United States Attorney Kyle Waters represented the United States.
In other news, Durant firefighters put out a grass fire Thursday evening at Timber Ridge Apartments, 551 Wilson St. The fire scorched an approximate 20 X 20 foot area before it was extinguished.’