By Conrad Dudderar
EL RENO – A Yukon woman who brought drugs into the Canadian County Jail has pleaded guilty and received a seven-year deferred sentence.
Julie Ann Whiteley, 43, was charged Sept. 28 in Canadian County District Court with possession of contraband in jail (a felony) and possession of controlled dangerous substance (a misdemeanor). She also was charged Oct. 26 with unlawful possession of controlled dangerous substance and unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia (both misdemeanors).
Whiteley, who had previous drug offenses, entered a guilty plea to all counts at a Dec. 10th court hearing before District Judge Jack D. McCurdy. She appeared in the courtroom with her attorney Craig Corgan.
Judge McCurdy accepted the guilty plea and deferred sentencing for seven years – except for 56 days in the Canadian County Jail. Whiteley was given credit for time served and released from custody.
While on probation, Whiteley will be supervised by the Canadian County District Attorney’s office. She also was ordered to pay fines, court costs and jail fees.
The Yukon woman, of Paisley Road, had faced up to six years in prison.
Assistant District Attorney Micheal Oglesby alleged the defendant on Sept. 21 had methamphetamine in her possession while at the Canadian County Jail.
Whiteley was a passenger in a vehicle that had been stopped for an expired tag near Highway 66 and Highway 81 in El Reno.
A Canadian County sheriff’s deputy and his K9 partner arrived at the scene to conduct a “free air sniff of the exterior of the vehicle,” according to a probable cause affidavit.
The dog reportedly alerted to the presence of drugs.
El Reno officer Thomas Duran searched the vehicle and found a small glass jar containing meth in Whiteley’s purse. She was arrested and brought to the county jail to be booked on the drug complaints.
“Julie was told if she took anything into the jail it would be a felony for bringing in contraband,” according to officer Duran’s affidavit.
During a “pat down” at the county jail, a sheriff’s deputy allegedly located a small bag in Whiteley’s pocket that tested positive for meth.
Whiteley received a seven-year suspended sentence in a 2002 Canadian County case for the manufacture and possession of a controlled dangerous substance.
Whiteley has pending charges in Oklahoma County District Court for unlawful possession with intent to distribute a controlled drug and acquiring drug proceeds.
She has a previous misdemeanor drug conviction in Oklahoma County.