The Norman Transcript

April 10, 2012

Police conduct Easter weekend drug busts

By Joel Pruett
The Norman Transcript

NORMAN — Norman police were hunting more than eggs over Easter weekend.

The department arrested at least three people in connection with city drug busts, Monday’s felony filings show.

On Saturday, police arrested Alan Eugene Lucas, 47, of Norman, in connection with a Motel 6 bust at the 1016 26th Ave. NW location.

In a motel room, police reportedly located at least 42.5 grams of marijuana and an undisclosed amount of methamphetamine, according to the probable cause affidavit attached to Lucas’ charges.

Inside the room, police also reportedly located “large amounts of cash” and drug paraphernalia “all over the room.”

The Cleveland County District Attorney’s office on Monday charged Lucas with one misdemeanor count of unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia and felony counts of possession of controlled dangerous substance with intent to distribute within 2,000 feet of a park, acquiring proceeds from drug activity, maintaining a place for keeping or selling controlled substance and possession of controlled dangerous substance without tax stamp affixed.

The District Attorney’s office filed all of Lucas’ charges as being in concert and together with Brenda Gale Beeson, though Beeson’s charges and related affidavit were not available at press time.

A jail official said Lucas was booked into the F. DeWayne Beggs Detention Center on Saturday, where he remains held on $20,000 bond.

Sunday’s bust

On Easter Sunday, police also arrested Brad Lee Wheeler, 48, and Donna Gail Curry, 52, both of Norman, in connection to a drug bust at a residence in the 800 block of Drake Drive.

According to the probable cause affidavit attached to Wheeler’s formal charges, police located a large crystal of methamphetamine, small scales, a hung-to-dry marijuana plant and marijuana-growing equipment during a search of the residence.

Police also found a a pistol within the residence, the affidavit states.

The D.A.’s office filed the same three felony counts against Wheeler and Curry: maintaining a place for keeping or selling controlled substance, unlawful possession of controlled drug with intent to distribute and possessing a firearm during the commission of a felony.

A jail official said both Wheeler and Curry were booked into the F. DeWayne Beggs Detention Center on Easter Sunday, where both remain held on $10,000 bond.

Joel Pruett 366-3540 jpruett@normantranscript.com