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.
“I observed the defendant (Koassechony) stagger out of the business and almost fall over. She then sat down on the curb,” the affidavit said.
Officer Perry observed a strong odor of alcohol and asked if Koassechony had anything to drink, to which she replied “yes,” further stating that she had about six shots prior to the officers’ arrival, the affidavit said.
Perry also noted in the affidavit that Koassechony had red, watery eyes and slow, thick speech and placed her under arrest.
“As I was beginning to search the defendant’s purse, she was beginning to get agitated and stood up. I told her to sit down and she began to charge at me,” the affidavit states.
The three officers then grabbed Koassechony and began to place her on the ground when she kicked officer Livingston in the chest, knocking her backward. The officers placed Koassechony on the ground, put a yellow rope around her legs and sat her in the back of Perry’s patrol vehicle, the affidavit said.
“I finished searching her purse and found numerous baggies filled with a white, crystal-like substance believed to be methamphetamine.”
The initial charges stated the substance was determined to be 8.6 grams of crack cocaine.
Officer Perry then “heard the defendant banging on my window in my vehicle, as if she was head-butting my window,” the affidavit states.
Officer Livingston and Perry opened the patrol car door and fastened a seat belt on Koassechony. While they were doing so, Koassechony attempted to head-butt Livingston, the affidavit said.
Perry then transported Koassechony to the Cleveland County Justice Center, where she was booked in.
According to an enhancement page filed with the charges, Flowers has been previously convicted or pled guilty to two other drug-related charges, including possession of a controlled dangerous substance with intent to distribute in June 2012 in Cleveland County and trafficking in illegal drugs in May 2012 in Oklahoma County.