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June 6, 2013

Man, woman charged with drug trafficking

NORMAN — Two individuals are facing charges of drug trafficking after Norman police found 14.6 grams of cocaine between the two after they were arrested for public intoxication.

Both were charged Tuesday in Cleveland County District Court. Mario Devon Flowers, 23, of Oklahoma City, was charged with trafficking in illegal drugs, acquiring proceeds from drug activity, public intoxication and obstructing an officer.

Clarissa Ashlyn Evan Koassechony, 22, of Norman, was charged with trafficking in illegal drugs, felonious assault and battery on a police officer and public intoxication.

Three Norman officers were responding to a robbery in progress Monday along Asp Avenue when they arrested the two individuals for public intoxication and found the schedule II drug on them.

Flowers had 6 grams of cocaine on his person during the arrest and Koassechony had 8.6 grams of cocaine in her purse.

Norman police officers Gregory Gardner and Ashlie Livingston initially contacted Flowers because he fit the description of one of the suspects involved in the robbery-in-progress call, the affidavit said.

Upon contacting him, Flowers had a strong odor of an alcoholic beverage, slurred speech and red, watery eyes and consequently was arrested for public intoxication. During the arrest search, an officer found a baggie of a white, rock-like substance that tested positive for cocaine, the affidavit said.

The officer also found four $20 bills along with the drugs in Flowers’ pocket, the affidavit said.

Flowers first gave the officers a different name and date of birth but later admitted to his real name and birthdate at the Cleveland County Justice Center, where it was confirmed that he had a warrant out for his arrest in Oklahoma County for trafficking methamphetamines.

According to the affidavit filed with Koassechony’s charges, another officer, Katie Perry, was in the area of 765 Asp Ave. when the robbery call was dispatched. Perry then made contact with officers Livingston and Gardner, who were walking out of a business on Asp Avenue with three subjects.

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