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  • Drug arrests at residential compound net formal charges

  • Two suspects arrested when police raided a residential compound following an undercover drug buy now face numerous felony charges.
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  • Two suspects arrested when police raided a residential compound following an undercover drug buy now face numerous felony charges.
    Shawnee police raided the compound at 1201 E. Farrall on Oct. 5, where they served search warrants most of the day.
    The owner of that property, Tommy Monroe McInturff, 78, has been formally charged in Pottawatomie County District Court.
    McInturff is charged with possession of a firearm after former felony conviction, possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony, maintaining a place for keeping controlled substance, possession of controlled substance with intent to distribute, conspiracy to distribute CDS as well as a misdemeanor of unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia.
    He is accused of having several BB guns and a pistol as well as maintaining a property resorted to by various persons who use controlled dangerous substances and who resort too the premises for selling and buy such substances. He's also accused of possessing methamphetamine, alprazolam, hydrocodone and marijuana.
    For the count of conspiracy, he is accused of conspiring with Janell Marie Howell, 47, to distribute methamphetamine.
    She also was arrested the day of the raid, police reported. Court records show she has been charged with distribution of CDS, conspiracy to distribute CDS, possession of CDS and unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia.
    Following the raid, Police Chief Russell 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 the night of Oct. 4, 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.
    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, prompting the city's code enforcement officer to post notices declaring the premises unlivable.
    Page 2 of 2 - McInturff's next court date on the charges hasn't yet been scheduled.
    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.
    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.
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