August 13, 2013

Knife call leads to drug arrest

James Bright, Managing Editor,
The Express-Star


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. 

"Staff said they believe that the doctor likely left the medication on a table and Delk probably took it," Harper-Head wrote. 

Harper-Head said the staff also informed him that use of the lidocaine can have lethal consequences. 

Delk was placed under arrest for possession of a methamphetamine, drug paraphernalia, possession of a prescription only drug and unlawful carry of a weapon. 

While being transported to the Grady County Jail, Harper-Head said Delk appeared to stand up in the back seat of the car. 

"I checked the back seat of my car," Harper-Head wrote in the report. "Underneath the seat where Delk had been seated, was a silver in color can that was labeled "Camel" snus pouches. I opened the tin up and saw a crystal type residue inside of the tin. This substance tested presumptive positive for methamphetamine." 

Harper-Head said he checked the back seat was empty before he placed Delk in the car.