By Josh Newton
KEYS — Drug task force agents seized crystal meth, marijuana, drug paraphernalia and thousands of dollars in cash early Thursday near Lake Tenkiller.
District 27 Drug and Violent Crimes Task Force Director Mike Moore said agents busted Shawn A. Peters, 43, and Dusty Dawn Rollice, 40, about 4 a.m. at a residence east of Keys, at the end of a dead-end road.
“Tips led us to the house, and we received enough information to get a no-knock, nighttime search warrant, which is kind of rare,” Moore said. “It’s been believed for a period of time that (Peters) was dealing illegal narcotics. We felt like this one could have been dangerous.”
Until recently, authorities had been unable to gain the probable cause they needed to serve a warrant at Peters’ residence, Moore said. Once that probable cause was obtained, authorities decided to serve their warrant in the early morning hours.
Peters and Rollice were both “belligerent” toward investigators when they made their way into the home, according to Moore. Peters refused to comply and was ultimately tazed.
Members of the Cherokee Nation Marshal Service SWAT team first entered and secured the home, Moore said. Other agencies involved in the raid included the District 27 DTF, Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office, and Tahlequah Police Department.
Peters and Rollice were booked into the Cherokee County Detention Center.
Moore said agents seized a “sizable amount” of crystal meth; a “small amount” of marijuana; and $5,000 in cash stored with the meth.
“And we found a lot of glass smoking pipes,” he said. “He was dealing, we believe. He was so confident he didn’t even hide the stuff.”
Court records show Peters was charged with endeavoring to manufacture a controlled dangerous substance and unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia in 2008. Two years later, the endeavoring charge was reduced to possession of CDS in exchange for a guilty plea, and Peters received a five-year suspended sentence.
Josh Newton writes for the Tahlequah Daily Press.