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August 13, 2013

Knife call leads to drug arrest


A methamphetamine type substance was dropped in the back seat of a police car on Friday by a man arrested at gun point.

Chickasha Police Officer David Michael Harper-Head responded to a call alleging Joseph Delk was near Chickasha Bank and Trust with a large knife. 

"I was told the male had pulled the knife out at one point and was walking around with it," Harper-Head wrote in a report.  "I arrived on scene and saw a white male behind the bank. The male was standing next to a female I recognized as Melissa Hail. The male bent over and reached towards a bag that was on the ground next to him. When he did this, I saw a large knife sticking out of the back of his pants." 

Harper-Head then ordered the man to the ground at gunpoint, according to the report. An approximately 8-inch knife blade was recovered from the suspect. 

Harper-Head also located two bags on the ground behind the suspect. The officer searched both bags, looking for other weapons. 

During the search, Harper-Head said he found a white envelope containing an empty plastic pen and tin foil. 

"Inside the pen housing, there was a Crystal substance," Harper-Head wrote. "Through my training and experience, | have seen people who use pens like this as a pipe to smoke substances. I tested the crystal substance inside of this pen and it was presumptive positive for methamphetamine."

Harper-Head also located a glass vial labeled Lidocaine. 

The report states Delk told Harper-Head he was a patient at Grady Memorial Hospital, and a doctor had used the drug on him. Delk said he retrieved the bottle from the trash later. 

Harper-Head said he spoke with hospital staff members, who said their doctors would never have thrown the medicine in the trash. 

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