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March 13, 2014

Task force nabs drug distribution suspect

Over 20 pounds of cannabis taken in bust

James Bright, Managing Editor, chickashaeditor@gmail.com
The Express-Star

CHICKASHA —

The Grady County District Attorney's Task Force arrested one man on suspicion of drug distribution this week. 

Christopher Alan Epperson was arrested with approximately 25 pounds of cannabis. 

Grady County DA Jason Hicks said once the official weight comes back from the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation the charge of trafficking may be added. 

"We can change it to that if the weight is officially over 25 pounds," he said. 

Epperson was arrested after a DA task force member rummaged through his trash. 

"Once the trash is sitting on the curb it's free game," Hicks said. 

The investigation provided evidence to apply for a search warrant, according to Hicks. Upon executing the search warrant, Hicks said the task force officer found the narcotics and arrested Epperson without complication. 

"He's done his initial appearance and for right now we are charging him with possession with intent to distribute," Hicks said. 

There were approximately 20 pounds of hydroponic marijuana and approximately five pounds of hashish Hicks said. The drugs came from California, according to Hicks who had no comment on whether this bust was cartel related. 

"We simply don't know," he said. 

The arrest was also made near a school. Hicks said Epperson lived two streets over from the Bill Wallace Early Childhood Center. 

Currently, Epperson is charged with felonious maintaining a dwelling for keeping, manufacturing and distributing a controlled dangerous substance. His preliminary conference is set for April 9.