Yukon woman busted with meth at county jail

She fails to heed deputy’s warning, tries to hide in brassiere

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Melissa Marie Bennett

By Conrad Dudderar
Staff Writer

EL RENO – A Yukon woman already was in trouble after a Canadian County sheriff’s deputy pulled her over driving a vehicle without an exhaust system – and then marijuana was discovered inside.

But Melissa Marie Bennett later found herself in more trouble – and facing a felony – for allegedly bringing methamphetamine into the Canadian County Jail.

And that came after she failed to heed the deputy’s warning about the consequences of having something illegal in the county lock-up.

Bennett, 37, was charged May 11 in Canadian County District Court with bringing contraband into jail and possession of a controlled dangerous substance.

The bad trouble started for Bennett at 4:13 a.m. April 23 when sheriff’s deputy Austin Albrecht pulled over a Dodge 1500 on State Highway 81 just south of Jones Road.

The truck was stopped because it “appeared to not have any form of an exhaust system,” according to a probable cause affidavit signed by Albrecht.

The court document details what allegedly occurred next.

Bennett admitted she did not have any identification and her driver’s license and insurance were expired. Her Arkansas driver’s license had reportedly been suspended and her vehicle’s registration expired Aug. 31, 2021.

After the sheriff’s deputy told Bennett why he stopped her, the Yukon woman allegedly admitted her boyfriend had removed the exhaust system from her vehicle.

Gene Irion’s Wrecker Co. was called to impound the truck.

While conducting an inventory of the vehicle, deputy Leonard Anderson reportedly found a small clear baggie containing marijuana in the driver’s door pocket.

As he issued Bennett citations for not having a valid license, insurance or vehicle registration, Albrecht learned she had an active warrant with the Valley Brook Police Department on a previous felony drug charge.

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After warning Bennett about having illegal items on her person, the sheriff’s deputy brought her to the Canadian County Jail to await pick-up by a Valley Brook officer.

“Bennett was persistent that she did not have anything illegal on her,” according to the probable cause affidavit.

Bennett was pat searched by a detention officer in the jail booking area.

And, sure enough, this search produced a clear plastic baggie containing a white crystal-like substance found in Bennett’s brassiere.

The substance weighed 5 grams and tested positive for methamphetamine.

The defendant faces one to five years in state prison and/or a $100-$1,000 fine if convicted of bringing contraband in jail.

Possession of CDS, a misdemeanor, is punishable by not more than one year in prison and a maximum $1,000 fine.

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