A Roland man was arrested Oct. 21 after a traffic stop led to the discovery of drugs and paraphernalia inside the vehicle he was riding in.
Taniko Myrelle Tyson, 28, also faces a felony charge for allegedly bringing contraband into a jail facility.
A Roland police officer on patrol saw a 2007 Kia van fail to signal when making a right turn from Paw Paw Road onto Cherokee Blvd. When the officer attempted a traffic stop, the van continued driving slowly, past the first entrance of the Cherokee Travel Plaza and continuing on to the south entrance, traveling north toward the casino.
While the van continued its slow drive, passing several safe locations to pull over, the officer could see the passenger inside the vehicle moving around. The van eventually pulled into a parking place and stopped.
The officer encountered two men in the vehicle, the driver, Elie Joe Eckert Jr., and Tyson. Eckert and Tyson told police they did not have driver’s licenses on them.
Eckert told police he was giving Tyson a ride to the Travel Plaza to meet with a friend. When asked why it took so long for him to stop his vehicle, Eckert replied that he was unsure of where to pull over.
Eckert was arrested for not having a valid driver’s license, but another officer on the scene spotted a cap to a syringe inside the Kia. Eckert told the officers he was a methamphetamine user and had used earlier that morning.
A search of the vehicle revealed a trash bag with a loaded syringe containing a dark substance. Both men denied ownership of the syringe.
A continued search of the Kia turned up a backpack, which Tyson claimed. Officers discovered a small clear, plastic baggie containing a white residue and two modified straws inside the backpack.
The men were asked several times if they had any illegal items on them and each time, they said no.
Upon arrival at the Roland Police Department, Eckert and Tyson were warned once again that if they brought any contraband into the jail, they would be charged with a felony.
When Tyler was searched, officers discovered a clear plastic baggie containing a white substance.
Tyson was then transported to the Sequoyah County Detention Center to face district charges of possession of drug paraphernalia and bringing contraband into a jail facility.
Eckert was booked in the Roland Police Department.
A field test of the suspicious white substance was positive for meth. The drugs were sent to the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation for further testing.
Tyson’s felony contraband charge is punishable by imprisonment in the State Penitentiary for up to five years, a fine of up to $1,000 or both. The misdemeanor charge is punishable by up to one year in prison, a fine of up to $1,000 or both.
Tyson’s bond was set at $5,000 and his next court appearance is at 9 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 11.
Tyson was convicted in 2011 of theft by receiving, records show.
Laura Brown, KXMX Staff Writer
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