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Traffic Stop Leads To Grow Bust


The Pottawatomie County Sheriff's office raided an illegal medical marijuana grow operation Tuesday, July 13 on Harrison Road, north of the old Hilltop Bar. Approximately 2800 plants were destroyed before reaching maturity. Undersheriff Travis Palmer said the largest plants were about three feet tall. Photo provided

Two separate murder suspects have been arrested, and another illegal grow house bust has been made within the last week. These were handled by the Pottawatomie County Sheriff's Office (PCSO).

What started as a traffic stop Monday evening (July 12, 2021) turned into an illegal grow house bust Tuesday morning.

Pottawatomie County Undersheriff Travis Palmer said a little bit of marijuana, a gun, and $30,838 in cash were found in the car, along with three Hispanic males.

Palmer said one of the males arrested Monday night said they were brought up from Texas. He said he was told they had not had much to eat and had never been paid.

"That investigation took us to the grow houses," said Palmer. "We were able to get a search warrant that night and hit it Tuesday morning."

Fourteen grow houses with approximately 2,800 plants were seized on the property is located on Harrison Street, north of the old Hilltop Bar in Tecumseh.

The plants were destroyed. Palmer said the plants were not mature, but it would have been close to $3 million worth of marijuana if they had been.

The undersheriff said the owners were not on the property, but two other Hispanic males were there working and were in pretty bad shape. The workers were living in a small portable building with roll-up mattresses. "We went and got them a sandwich and fed them," said Palmer. He said they had a bucket out in the sun with some water and beer in it.

Palmer said the Sheriff's Office is working with the Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics (OBN) as they sort through the assets located on the property. He said a couple of semi-trailers, a Ranger side-by-side, two bumper pull trailers had been seized. PCSO is looking into ownership of other items as well as the property.

Palmer said the company that owned the eight portable buildings on the 80-acre property were trying to repossess the buildings due to nonpayment. He also said Canadian Valley Electric workers showed up to cut the electricity because "nobody had paid the electric bill."

Palmer said PCSO is still investigating this bust.

At approximately 9:30 pm Saturday, July 17, PCSO deputies were dispatched to Soggy Bottom Trails. Palmer said Christopher Lewis had been run over with a Honda ATV 1000 side by side, driven by his wife, Chanelle Lewis.

Chanelle told deputies her husband had assaulted her. Undersheriff Palmer said upon further investigations, it was found that her stepson hit her while trying to take the keys to the ATV after she ran over his dad.

Christopher was taken to a hospital, where he died. Chanelle has been taken into custody on manslaughter charges, but it could be upgraded to murder.

In August 2020, the PCSO received a call to check on 35-year-old Wes Langley. Upon arrival at Langley's residence near Brangus Road and Limestone Drive, the officers found the victim alone in his garage, lifeless. It appeared he had been beaten to death with his workout weights.

On Tuesday, July 20, 2021, Palmer said suspect Matthew Luke Causey has been arrested.

Causey has been booked into the Pottawatomie County Public Safety Center under first-degree murder charges.


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