A Muldrow woman was charged Aug. 28 with three felony drug counts, according to arrest records.
Morgan Cravens, 31, is facing charges for cultivation of a controlled substance, maintaining a place for keeping or selling a controlled substance and acquiring proceeds from drug activity. The cultivation charge is punishable by up to 10 years in the Department of Corrections and a fine of up to $50,000. For maintaining a place to keep or sell a controlled substance, the penalty is up to five years in the county jail and a fine of up to $10,000. Acquiring proceeds from drug activity is punishable by up to 10 years in the State Penitentiary and/or a fine of up to $50,000. Her bond was set at $10,000.
On July 24, records indicate that an agent with the District 27 Drug and Violent Crime Task Force was contacted by a confidential source who saw about 50-60 head-high marijuana plants growing inside a garage at Cravens’ home in Muldrow.
On July 27, another confidential informant also saw the plants and witnessed a discussion between a male and a female (Cravens) stating that once harvested, the plants were going to Sebastian County, Arkansas, and should be ready within the next two weeks. The informant also pointed out that the home was being set up as a marijuana-growing operation based out of Arkansas. Before obtaining a search warrant, an Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics agent discovered there was no grow license registered to the address.
On Aug. 3, agents with the District 27 Drug and Violent Crime Task Force, the Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics and the Muldrow police chief served a narcotics search warrant at the home.
Once the agents arrived at the back of the house, they noticed two large marijuana plants in separate containers. Cravens answered the agents’ knock at her door, and when the door opened, the agents spotted 16 more pots with dirt and large stems sticking out.
The agents could smell the strong odor of marijuana and asked Cravens if she had a medical marijuana license and a grow license, to which Cravens said she had a medical marijuana license and insisted that she was not over her allowed plant limit.
When Cravens gave the agents permission to search her home, she showed them a room that had numerous marijuana plants. She said she is allowed to have six small plants and six adult plants. An agent told her that from what he saw, there were “way more” than 12 plants. She said,” Yeah, but some aren’t as healthy as the others and have mites all over them.”
She further stated that there is a man that she rents to who is in the process of getting his medical marijuana license, so six more of the adult plants and six more of the small plants were his. The agents explained to Cravens that that is not how it works; you can’t possess the plants before you possess the license.
In an interview, Cravens told the agents that the 16 marijuana plants were from a few months back and that she had cut them down and burned them. Cravens further stated that she also makes marijuana edibles such as butter (by extracting the THC from the plant material) and brownies, which she sells for $8 each or $60 for a dozen. She said she uses some of her own planted marijuana and some of the marijuana she buys from the dispensary to make her edibles. Cravens said she has about 15 customers and has made at least 100 pans of the brownies for them.
A search of the home turned up papers with names and dollar amounts written on them, along with cash in a small blue file organizer, numerous baggies of a green, leafy substance, sheets of wax, scales and a vacuum sealer near her bedroom.
Cravens said all of the money except $120 was rent money from the person who rents a room at her home and that the $120 was from sales of her edibles. She also admitted there was $500 in her laundry room that she was saving to get her grow license.
After the search, the agents allowed Cravens to choose six of the adult marijuana plants and six of the small marijuana plants, 6 ounces of the processed marijuana and 1 ounce of THC wax, which is all she is allowed to possess under Oklahoma medical marijuana law. The rest of the plants were pulled up and taken into evidence.
The agents seized 76 marijuana plants in various stages of growth, 718 grams of processed marijuana including 2 and 3 ounces of wax which field tested positive for the presence of marijuana.
Laura Brown, KXMX Staff Writer
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