Shawnee police raided a residential compound on East Farrall Street Friday morning to serve a search warrant for a drug investigation, with that search continuing most of the day and ending with two arrests.
Shawnee Police Chief Russell Frantz said the raid involved property at 1201 E. Farrall reportedly owned by Tommy Monroe McInturff, 78, who police arrested at the scene on several complaints. Formal charges have not been filed.
Frantz referred to the property as a "compound," as more than 10 RV or trailer homes were inside a fenced area on the property, with several of them being lived in, he said.
Frantz said a police informant participated in a drug buy at the property Thursday night, with the informant purchasing methamphetamine from a woman allegedly residing in one of the trailers there.
Without having a good layout of the compound at dark, police conducted surveillance and carefully planned out their raid for daylight, the chief said.
An Oklahoma Air National Guard helicopter, with an officer on board, flew over the scene before the raid to provide police with several aerial photographs, the chief said.
Without knowing how many persons were inside the compound and what type of weapons were there, Frantz said a team of 30 officers approached from either the woods or through the main entrance off Farrall Street.
Police, who identified security cameras at the property, found McInturff asleep and arrested him inside a trailer where he was residing, Frantz said. Police also encountered a couple living in another trailer and arrested the female, the chief said, as she was the alleged suspect who sold the meth to the informant the night before.
At the onset of the raid, one suspect fled into the woods, but couldn't be located, Frantz said.
As police secured the property and began executing the search warrants, they searched numerous trailers and RVs on the property, where they found small amounts of methamphetamine in one trailer, but also found unsafe conditions throughout the compound.
"Everything was being powered by extension cords," the chief said.
The city's code enforcement officer responded to the scene and declared dangerous and unlivable conditions by posted notices, Frantz said, and OG&E also shut off power.
As they searched the home, police by mid-afternoon were checking several firearms they had found, but hadn't determined any stolen property. An ATV was found hidden in the woods and covered, so police were checking to see if it was possibly stolen.
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As a result of the raid, police said they'll be working to obtain arrest warrants for others persons allegedly involved in the drug case.
McInturff was arrested and jailed on complaints of possession of controlled dangerous substance and possession of a firearm after former felony conviction. He remained in the Pottawatomie County Public Safety Center Friday night.
McInturff was the center of a similar police raid three years ago when he had a property out on Magnino Road at Shawnee Twin Lakes.
"This is the second time we've raided his property," Frantz said.
In the 2009 raid, police found numerous items of stolen property and McInturff was charged with felonies including receiving stolen property, possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony and drug-related counts including possession of CDS with intent to distribute.
For that case, court records show he was sentenced to 90 days in the county jail and time on probation.
Frantz identified the female suspect arrested Friday as Janell Howell, 47. She was jailed in the Pottawatomie County Public Safety Center Friday on complaints involving possession and distribution of controlled dangerous substance; formal charges have not been filed.
Shawnee police were assisted in Friday's drug raid by Absentee Shawnee tribal police, the Shawnee city marshal as well as deputies from the Sheriff's warrant team, Frantz said.
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