NORMAN — A Norman man who faces a federal trial in May for allegedly possessing and distributing OxyContin was arrested Wednesday night on a county warrant, police said.
Norman Police Capt. Tom Easley said an officer stopped Zacharry Lawrence Compton, 21, for not wearing a seat belt. The traffic stop happened at Franklin Road and Interstate Drive at 5:25 p.m. Wednesday.
The officer learned about Compton’s outstanding warrant and arrested him. Police took Compton to the Cleveland County Detention Center.
He was booked in at 6:06 p.m. Wednesday, according to jail records. Compton is being held on $25,000 bond.
He still was in jail custody Thursday.
Compton is on probation after he pleaded guilty to second-degree burglary in 2008. Court records show he was given a five-year deferred sentence.
Prosecutors filed a motion to accelerate the deferred judgment on March 31. Assistant District Attorney Clint Pratt signed the motion.
According to the motion, Compton violated his probation when he was arrested in December on drug charges. Pratt has requested the court impose judgement and sentence him immediately.
Court papers show Cleveland County District Judge Lori Walkley signed the order to accelerate the hearing. She also issued a warrant for Comptons’ arrest.
No hearing date has been set, according to court records.
A federal grand jury indicted Compton, his parents Steve and Deborah Compton and brothers, Joshua and Jeremy on Jan. 19 for allegedly possessing and distributing OxyContin.
Court records show they all pleaded not guilty to the charges in January.
Steve and Deborah Compton own Compton's Air Quality Experts, 5450 Huettner Drive.
A search warrant affidavit that was filed in Cleveland County District Court to search the Comptons’ business revealed the investigation into the drug ring dates back to September 2008. Compton pleaded was given his deferred sentence on Sept. 4, 2008.
According to the affidavit, a confidential informant told Norman police that Josh Compton was and had been selling large amounts of OxyContin in and around the Norman area for several years. The informant said the Comptons “sold OxyContin to at least 50 different people each month.”
The informant advised police that Josh Compton's brothers Jeremy and Zach Compton were heavy OxyContin users, the affidavit stated. Zach Compton often acted as a runner for Josh Compton. When people ordered drugs from Josh Compton, Zach Compton would deliver the pills and take the money from the sale back to Josh Compton.
A complaint unsealed Dec. 11 in U.S. District Court Oklahoma City, charged 24 people with conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute and to distribute oxycodone, a controlled substance.
Federal authorities said the arrests came after a year-long investigation called "Operation Pill Box" into the unlawful obtaining, use and distribution of the prescription drug oxycodone, a synthetic pain relief medication available by prescription.
Records show 17 people have reached plea agreements. The Compton family and two others go on trial May 10 at the federal courthouse in Oklahoma City.
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