Suspects Toss Meth While Deputy Attempts Traffic Stop In OKC


Monday, March 23rd 2015, 3:24 pm
By: News 9


Two people were arrested after an Oklahoma County deputy caught them tossing meth out of their vehicle in Oklahoma City.

According to the Sheriff's office, a deputy was in the area of N.W. 1st and N. Linn Avenue when he noticed the driver of an SUV make a turn without using a signal. The deputy attempted to catch up with the vehicle when he noticed someone throw an object out the driver side window.

The deputy eventually stopped the SUV at W. Main and Miller Avenue. While speaking with the driver, 43-year-old Joseph Eric Parham, the deputy noticed Parham had a pouch with throwing knives, and an expandable baton in his waistband.

The deputy learned that Parham was driving with a suspended license. Another deputy located the container that had been thrown out of the window. Deputies said they found baggies containing a substance that tested positive for methamphetamine.

The passenger of the SUV, 55-year-old Stephen Harold Lutz, was found to have syringes and marijuana in his pockets, according to the Sheriff's office. 

Parham is currently in custody on $31,500 bail. He was booked on complaints of possession of methamphetamine, maintaining a vehicle where drugs are kept, possession of weapon while committing a felony, driving under suspension and littering.

Lutz is currently in custody on $22,000 bail. He was booked on complaints of possession of methamphetamine, possession of drug paraphernalia, maintaining a vehicle where drugs are kept, possession of marijuana, littering.