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5/10/2013 5:58:00 AM
Coyle woman arrested in Perkins to stand trial on meth charge
By Patti Weaver Journal Correspondent

A Coyle woman who was arrested by Perkins Police Sgt. Jason Galt during a traffic stop at Payne Street and Highway 33 has been ordered to stand trial on a charge of possessing methamphetamine with intent to distribute.

Amber Dawn Armstrong, 33, waived her right to a preliminary hearing on the felony charge last week. She remains free on $15,000 bail pending her June 14 trial court arraignment before District Judge Phillip Corley.

Armstrong was also charged with misdemeanor counts of possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia, along with driving under suspension. She could be given a life prison term plus three years' incarceration if convicted of all four counts.

Armstrong was driving westbound on Highway 33 at 3:06 p.m. July 10, 2012, when the Perkins police sergeant, who was driving eastbound, saw that her vehicle was missing a front passenger-side head-lamp assembly, according to his affidavit.

When Armstrong turned south onto Payne Street from Highway 33 and brought her vehicle to a complete stop, she told the officer she did not have a license, but was driving because her male passenger had just gotten off work and was tired, the affidavit said. After she was arrested for driving with a suspended license, she told the officer she had paraphernalia in her vehicle that she had taken out of her home to get rid of, the affidavit alleged. When the officer asked her what kind of paraphernalia, she said, "needles, baggies, and scales," the affidavit alleged.

"I asked her what the needles were used for and she said 'shooting up,'" the officer alleged in his affidavit. "Armstrong said all of it was in her bag which she identified as an OSU bag on the passenger side fl oorboard of the vehicle" -- that she said her passenger had no previous knowledge of, the affidavit alleged.

Her passenger, who was not charged with a crime in connection with the incident, told the officer he was a participant in drug court and had to be in court in two hours, the affidavit said. The officer alleged in his affidavit that the bag contained:

• 34 minibags with no residue,

• six minibags with white powdery residue, a portion of which field-tested as methamphetamine,

• one minibag with about .40 grams of a substance that tested positive for marijuana,

• 10 syringes with needles,

• one multi-colored glass smoking device commonly used for marijuana,

• one red straw with a white powdery substance,

• two metal spoons with a white powdery substance,

• one pack of zigzag rolling papers,

• one digital scale with a white powdery residue. On Armstrong's request, her vehicle was released to her passenger, the affidavit said. She was taken to the Payne County Jail, the affidavit said

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