ENID, Okla. — A Dallas man was arraigned Thursday on a charge of trafficking in illegal drugs after police were called to his hotel room and said they found cocaine and marijuana.

Matthew Seth Neill, 41, was charged this week with felony trafficking and misdemeanor counts of possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Neill appeared Thursday morning free on $50,000 bond with his attorney Josh Davis before Special District Judge Brian Lovell for arraignment on the charges.

According to an affidavit filed in the case, Enid Police Department officers Mike Atchley, Ben Streck and Jason Wilson were called to Hampton Inn & Suites on Saturday morning after staff discovered drugs in one of the rooms.

Hotel staff were contacted by Neill's father, who wanted a message delivered to his son, according to the affidavit. Staff entered the room to check on Neill and found drugs in the room. Staff then called police.

Officers went into the room to perform a welfare check, finding a white powdery substance, a plastic tube and a burnt residue on a desk in the room, according to the affidavit. An open paper sack with a plastic bag containing a white substance also was seen.

A search warrant for the room was sought and served at 12:01 p.m., according to the affidavit. Next to the paper sack was an envelope and a show box. In the envelope were vacuum-seal bags of a green, leafy substance. A plastic jar containing more of the green, leafy substance, a grinder and several packages of hemp rolling papers also were found. Papers with the name Matthew Neill were found.

While police were in the room, a man arrived and identified himself as Neill, according to the affidavit. Asked if he had anything illegal on him, Neill replied, "No, sir," and "Everything illegal is ..." nodding toward the end of the bed where the cocaine and marijuana was found.

Neill admitted to police the white powder was cocaine he purchased in Texas, according to the affidavit. The bag of cocaine weighed 28.9 grams.

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Rains is police and court reporter for the Enid News & Eagle. Follow him on Twitter, @cassrains.
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