Police in Ponca City arrested a suspected drug dealer.
Joshua Cook, 28, was taken into custody during a traffic stop in the early morning hours of June 29.
Ponca City police said they had been watching Cook, who has prior criminal drug charges, for quite some time.
Investigators searched his vehicle.
“During the course of our investigation, they were able to locate about 28 grams of methamphetamine in the vehicle,” Ponca City police Cpt. Jeff Woodward said. “Once he was arrested, they found $20,000 in cash on his person.”
After a complete search of the vehicle, officers were granted a search warrant of Cook’s home on Ponca City’s northside.
On top of multiple guns investigators found meth smoking devices, scales, a money counter and a large amount of meth.
Woodward said over a pound and a half of meth was seized, which is considered a large amount.
“We don’t get the large amounts like they do on the interstates but for our area, that is a very large amount,” Woodward said.
Ponca City police said meth busts take high priority.
“Most crimes you can trace back to drug usage,” Woodward said. “Thefts, burglaries of residences, auto burglaries, just any number of crimes usually leads back to drugs, unfortunately.”
Police know a bust like this won’t stop the meth problem plaguing the area, the state, or the country, but officers hope it at least helps.
“If we can get that stuff under control, then hopefully it will help us get control of the other crimes,” Woodward said.
A passenger, Courtney Grant, 23, was also arrested and charged with conspiracy to traffic CDS, among other charges.
A 6-year-old child was also in the car at the time of the traffic stop.
Both Cook and Grant were charged with child neglect.
Cook is being held at the Kay County Dentition Center on a $1 million bond.