A McAlester man and woman each face up to life in prison after officers said they gave up more than 20 grams of methamphetamine to investigators.
Shon Thomas Coplen, 45, and Mandy Teran Coplen, 41, were charged with felony trafficking in illegal drugs for knowingly possessing more than 20 grams of methamphetamine, according to documents filed by District 18 District Attorney Chuck Sullivan.
According to a probable cause affidavit prepared by Pittsburg County Sheriff’s Deputy Det. Randy Hass, Shon Coplen was being interviewed by Hass and Agent Walker Stewart from the District 18 Drug Task Force after a September arrest for two misdemeanor drug charges following a traffic stop in McAlester.
The affidavit states Hass advised Shon Coplen that he knew from prior investigations that he was dealing illegal narcotics and that he admitted that the narcotics that were found on his passenger from the September traffic stop belonged to both him and the passenger.
Shon Coplen told Hass that his passenger — identified as Amber Hackler — had narcotics on her and when they were pulled over, he also gave her his narcotics to conceal, the report states.
Hass wrote in the report that later in the interview, the deputy asked Shon Coplen how much methamphetamine he had in his house, to which he told the investigator that he had “a couple of ounces.”
After the interview was complete, the two investigators went to the man’s residence in Krebs and spoke with Mandy Coplen, who agreed to let the investigators in to talk, the affidavit states.
Once inside, the woman was told that she was not under arrest at the time, but that the investigators wanted to speak with her over some suspected methamphetamine that was allegedly in the house, the report stated.
The report states that the woman started “acting like she didn’t know” what Hass was talking about before he told her that her husband had already told him there were narcotics in the house.
That is when the woman went over to what looked like to Hass “a computer printer,” opened it up, and handed him a bag with a crystal substance that later field tested positive for methamphetamine and weighed more than a quarter pound, the affidavit states.
According to a supplemental information sheet prepared by the DA’s office, Shon Coplen was convicted in 2016 after pleading guilty to felony possession of controlled dangerous substance and was sentenced to a three-year deferred sentence.
If convicted, the pair each face between four years to life in the custody of the Oklahoma Department of Corrections and a fine of $25,000 to $200,000.
Court records show the two are scheduled for a preliminary hearing conference at 8:30 a.m. Oct. 19.
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