Yukon woman jailed in drug trafficking case

Illicit narcotics, cash allegedly found inside home, vehicle

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Randi Dawn Watford

By Conrad Dudderar
Staff Writer

An Oklahoma City Police investigation has led prosecutors to formally charge a Yukon woman for allegedly selling illicit drugs.

Randi Dawn Watford, 32, was charged July 1 in Canadian County District Court with aggravated trafficking in illegal drugs and acquiring proceeds from drug activities (both felonies) and possession of controlled dangerous substance and unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia (both misdemeanors).

The four criminal counts stem from Watford’s June 14th arrest at her home in the 12500 block of S.W. 28th St. in Yukon.

Oklahoma City Police investigated the case since the house is in its jurisdiction.

Assistant District Attorney Justin Kemp alleges Watson “knowingly and intentionally” had “five grams or more” of Fentanyl and a “quantity of U.S. currency” derived from a violation of Oklahoma’s Uniform Controlled Dangerous Substances Act.

The defendant is accused of possessing methamphetamines, heroin, and Xanax; digital scales and “multiple” plastic baggies used to weigh and store controlled dangerous substances, according to the charging document.

Officers with the Oklahoma City Police Street Narcotics Unit around 1 p.m. June 14 served a search warrant at the S.W. 28th St. address. The warrant was signed by Canadian County District Judge Paul Hesse.

Officers found inside the home “operational surveillance equipment to include multiple cameras” and a small bag on top of the refrigerator containing 1.3 grams of a “crystal rock-like substance” that tested positive for meth, according to a probable cause affidavit.

Officers discovered much more inside small “make-up style bags” on the front passenger seat of Watford’s vehicle, the affidavit shows.

The bags allegedly contained $511 in U.S. currency, 8 grams of Fentanyl, 2.4 grams of meth, heroin, four Xanax pills, operational digital scales, and multiple empty bags.

“The Fentanyl in total exceeds the statute for aggravated trafficking of Fentanyl,” a police investigator wrote in the court affidavit.

The officer determined all these drugs – coupled with the packaging materials and scales – are “indicative of distribution of narcotics.”

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FACES PRISON TIME, FINES

Watford was arrested at the scene June 14 and booked into the Canadian County Jail, where she remains.

A preliminary hearing conference is set Aug. 19 before Canadian County Special Judge Khristan K. Strubhar.

The defendant, represented by public defender J.P. Hill, faces both prison time and fines if convicted on the drug charges.

Aggravated trafficking in illegal drugs is punishable by two years to life in prison and/or a $250,000-$500,000 fine.

Acquiring proceeds from drug activity is punishable by two to 10 years in prison and/or a maximum $50,000 fine.

The misdemeanor possession charges each carry a penalty of up to one year in prison and/or a $1,000 fine.

Interestingly, Watford on June 13 (one day before her arrest) had received a one-year suspended sentence when she was convicted in Canadian County District Court of possession of a controlled dangerous substance and unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia.

That misdemeanor case was filed in October 2021 after an investigation by the Canadian County Sheriff’s Office.

Prosecutors on July 1 filed a petition to revoke the suspended sentence.