Hartshorne police said they found more than 80 grams of suspected methamphetamine after a traffic stop.

Taylor Dain Caldwell, 29, Guthrie, was charged with felony trafficking in illegal drugs and misdemeanor driving with license cancelled/suspended/revoked, according to court documents filed June 17 in Pittsburg County District Court.

Jail records Wednesday show Caldwell was in the Pittsburg County Jail on a $7,500 bond with a hold from LeFlore County.

Hartshorne Police Deputy Chief Jason Null wrote in a probable cause affidavit that he assisted HPD Patrolman Austin Peaslee with a traffic stop on a vehicle with a headlight out near U.S. Highway 270 and Second Street in Hartshorne.

The driver — identified as Caldwell — was placed under arrest for outstanding warrants in LeFlore County and for operating the vehicle without a valid driver’s license, the affidavit states.

During the inventory of the vehicle, Caldwell observed a book bag with a “small plastic baggie with a white crystal substance” visible in the bag with another plastic baggie sticking out.

Null wrote in his report after he read the woman her Miranda warning, the woman admitted to the bag being hers and told the officer that she was traveling from Poteau to her new residence in Tulsa.

Caldwell told the officer that someone told her to drive to the turnpike and pull over at a certain place to wait and when she did, a vehicle pulled up and a man walked up to her vehicle and handed her a bag of methamphetamine, the affidavit states.

The report stated that when Null asked the woman if she was “being the mule” for a drug deal, she told the officer that she wasn’t.

The woman said she was not dropping the drugs off in the area and was heading back to Tulsa with the bag, the report stated.

During a further search of the vehicle, two cards were found with Caldwell’s name on it in the bag and a small bundle of cash was found hidden inside the center console duct taped between a debit card with another individual’s name on it and another card with Caldwell’s name on it, the affidavit states.

Caldwell noted in the affidavit that “a large number” of prepaid debit cards were found inside the vehicle.

According to the affidavit, after Caldwell was transported to the Pittsburg County Jail, the suspected narcotics were weighed and approximately 83.32 grams of methamphetamine was packed for further testing by the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation. The total amount of cash found was $452, the report states.

Contact Derrick James at djames@mcalesternews.com

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