Ex-con Accused Of Possessing Meth In Cushing
(Stillwater, Okla.) – An ex-convict, who got out of prison three years ago, was charged Monday with possessing methamphetamine on Mothers’ Day in Cushing and driving on a suspended license – less than two months after he was placed on probation for possessing the same drug in Cushing eight months ago.
Former Drumright resident Michael Lewis Ward, 35, of Cushing, whose middle name has also been spelled as Luis, remained in the Payne County Jail this morning on $10,000 bail, a sheriff’s spokesman told KUSH.
If convicted of possessing methamphetamine as a third or subsequent offense, Ward could be imprisoned for four to 15 years and fined $10,000. If convicted of the misdemeanor count of driving on a suspended license, Ward could be jailed for one year and fined $500.
According to court records, two months ago Ward was placed on probation for nine and one-half years with credit for serving 180 days in jail for possessing methamphetamine in Cushing.
At his March sentencing before Payne County District Judge Phillip Corley, Ward was ordered to undergo random drug tests, comply with the methamphetamine registry, have a substance abuse evaluation, perform any recommended follow-up, do 50 hours of community service and pay $1,250 in fines and assessments.
In that case, Ward was wanted on a Drumright drug charge when he was spotted getting out of a car in front of a Cushing laundry shortly before 5 a.m. on Sept. 2, 2016, Cushing Police Officer Jerrod Livergood wrote in an affidavit.
“I was familiar with Ward from multiple previous contacts,” the Cushing officer wrote in his affidavit.
After Ward was arrested on a bench warrant issued in a 2012 Drumright drug case, the Cushing officer felt a bulge inside his right sock that contained methamphetamine, the affidavit said.
“Ward advised that the container belonged to his currently separated wife’s boyfriend, although he didn’t know his name. Ward said that he put the container in his own sock holding it for him and that he didn’t know what was in it,” the affidavit said.
When Ward was arrested on Sept. 2, 2016, the Cushing officer “asked Ward how long it had been since he used meth and he advised that it was approximately six months ago. Ward said he was released from jail about three months ago when he did three months in custody,” the affidavit said.
According to state Department of Corrections records, Ward had been convicted of:
* drug possession in Drumright in 2004 for which he was originally given five years’ probation that was changed in 2008 to a three-year prison term of which he served less than one year;
* passing a bogus check in Payne County in 2005 for which he was given five years’ probation in 2006;
* domestic assault and battery in Payne County in 2007 for which he was given a concurrent three-year prison term in 2008 of which he served about 13 months;
* obtaining a drug by forgery or fraud in Drumright for which he was given a two-year prison term in 2013 of which he served about six months prior to a bench warrant being sought for his arrest in July 2016;
* possession of methamphetamine in Payne County in 2012 for which he was given a concurrent four-year prison term in 2013 of which he served about 14 months prior to his release in July 2014.