Stephens County Sheriff's Office (SCSO) recently arrested a Duncan resident who they say was involved in a trafficking case dating back to April 2020.
According to court records, Guadalupe Mechelle Thompson, 54, of Duncan, faces charges of conspiracy to traffic meth, 200 grams or more after two or more felony convictions and trafficking in excess of 200 grams of meth after two or more felony convictions. Those charges were filed in Stephens County Court on Feb. 8, 2021.
The other person involved in the crime, Jamie Lynn Aaron, of Duncan, faces a charge of trafficking in illegal drugs after a former felony conviction. Aaron was originally charged in the case in April 2020.
According to documents obtained from the Stephens County Courthouse and from previous Banner reports on the crime, the arrest in April 2020 took place as a result of investigations conducted by SCSO. Those investigations came after the department received information about people allegedly picking up narcotics and bringing them back to Stephens County for distribution.
Affidavits show after receiving the green light on a search warrant, deputies tracked the vehicle of the person, Aaron, who was accused of allegedly bringing the drugs back to the area from places like Chickasha and Oklahoma City.
Reports show while on the way back to the area, Aaron, deputies say, took back roads and was later pulled over at 3 Mile Road and Broncho Road for failing to maintain the vehicle's lane, because the "passenger side tires of the vehicle left the roadway onto the grass in the ditch on the right hand side of the road."
When deputies approached the car after the traffic stop, they found Aaron and a passenger in the vehicle. A K9 unit then arrived on scene and gave a "positive indication," which led police to find "a Walmart sack containing a white crystal substance" which preemptively weighed 227 grams and tested positive for the presence of methamphetamine.
In an interview with SCSO, Aaron told deputies she allegedly worked for Thompson, and that Thompson would tell her where to go and where to pick up methamphetamine and then Aaron would drive to the location and pick it up, reports state. The report also shows Aaron would take it back to Thompson's, where it would later be distributed from, but that "she did not have a choice" when it came to making runs for Thompson.
Thompson was later arrested on Dec. 23, 2020, and charged with conspiracy to commit involvement of a minor in a burglary after a former felony conviction. In that case, Thompson was booked on a $120,000 bond, and that case's preliminary hearing conference has been continued until 9 a.m. March 3, 2021.
An interview at SCSO in December 2020 resulted in Thompson telling law enforcement that her and Aaron "were moving drugs" for someone in prison, according to reports. In the same interview, Thompson told lawmen Aaron drove because she had a driver's license and confirmed the methamphetamine found in April 2020 was going back to her house for distribution and that she arranged the transaction for Aaron.
Aaron, who was arrested in April 2020, was originally booked on a $250,000 bond. Aaron, who entered a plea of not guilty in a court date in October 2020, is scheduled for jury trial, which is slated to begin at 9 a.m. April 19, 2021.
Thompson remains in jail on a $100,000 bond in the alleged trafficking case and is set to reappear for a preliminary hearing conference in the case at 9 a.m. on March 3, 2021, as well.