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April 8, 2013

Meth manufacturing charges dismissed for McAlester woman

McALESTER — Charges were dismissed recently for a woman accused of making methamphetamine across the street from the McAlester police station.

One felony count of endeavoring to manufacture a controlled dangerous substance was dismissed Feb. 28 in Pittsburg County District Court for Vivian Corean Redd.

“The evidence was that she had no knowledge of the manufacturing endeavorment,” said District 18 Assistant District Attorney Chuck Sullivan.

According to court records, McAlester police received a report in February of a chemical smell in an apartment at the McAlester Plaza Apartments, which are right across the street from the McAlester police station. The person “reported they could smell someone cooking meth,” a police affidavit states.

When police arrived on the scene and searched the apartment, they found two people and numerous items associated with the manufacturing of methamphetamine, the affidavit states.

According to the affidavit, police then handcuffed the two people in the apartment — Jessica Ann Smith, 28, and Thomas Logan McElroy, 22, both of McAlester. Not too long later, according to the affidavit, “a white male and a black female walked around the corner from the elevator. The white male was carrying some plastic grocery bags. ... Thomas (McElroy) looked at the white male and black female and yelled to them ‘guy this is not a good time you might want to come back later.’ The white male and black female turned around and went around the corner.”

Police then stopped the pair and looked in the grocery bags and found numerous items associated with the manufacturing of methamphetamine, the affidavit states. Police then arrested the pair, Mitchell Ray Stripe, 32, and Redd, 23, both of McAlester.

Stripe, Smith, McElroy and Redd were all charged with one felony count of endeavoring to manufacture a controlled dangerous substance (methamphetamine).

Stripe, Smith and McElroy are all due back in court April 29 at 3 p.m. to face charges. If convicted, they are each facing up to life in prison.

Contact Rachel Petersen at rpetersen@mcalesternews.com.

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