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December 5, 2012

Texting fail lands locals in jail

Woman who texts police cell phone for drugs pleads guilty

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McALESTER — When the unknown text sender arrived in the parking lot, a woman from one of the other vehicles already in the parking lot began walking over to the unknown text sender’s vehicle, the affidavit states.

Officers then exited their vehicle, identified themselves, and then arrested multiple people involved in the alleged narcotic sales, according to the affidavit.

When searching the three vehicles involved in the drug bust, officers allegedly found Xanax, Lortabs and marijuana, the affidavit states.

Halm, the person who sent the text messages to the new Savanna Police Department phone number, and Henderson, the passenger in Halm’s vehicle, were two of four people charged in the bust.

Tara K. McDonald, 34, of Stuart, was charged Nov. 16 with multiple felony counts, including conspiracy to distribute a controlled dangerous substance (Xanax), possession of a controlled dangerous substance (marijuana), unlawful use of a communication facility and bringing contraband (drugs) into a jail / penal institution. McDonald was allegedly the woman who exited her vehicle and began walking toward Halm’s vehicle, the affidavit states.

Shannon Cruce, 42, of McAlester, was charged Nov. 16 with multiple felony counts, including conspiracy to distribute a controlled dangerous substance (Xanax), unlawful possession of a controlled drug (Xanax) with intent to distribute and unlawful use of a communication facility. Cruce was the driver of the third vehicle involved in the bust, according to the affidavit.

McDonald is due back in court Feb. 2 and Cruce is due back Dec. 14.

Contact Rachel Petersen at rpetersen@mcalesternews.com.

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