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10/17/2013 8:12:00 PM
Woman gets 5-year prison term for meth in Perkins

A Cushing woman has been given a five-year prison term for possessing methamphetamine in Perkins -- while she was on probation for drug possession in Lincoln County.

As part of a plea bargain, the Payne County sentence for Tasha Florine Mays, 24, was ordered Friday to be served concurrently with a five-year prison term she received in May when her probation for drug possession in 2009 in Lincoln County was revoked.

Mays was also given a concurrent five-year prison term Friday with an order to pay $1,875 restitution for passing a forged check in Payne County in 2012.

On her release, Mays will be on probation for five years -- with requirements of a substance abuse evaluation, any recommended follow-up, periodic hair follicle tests and 100 hours of community service.

Mays told Payne County District Judge Phillip Corley Friday that she is currently in a substance abuse program in prison. She also was ordered to pay $1,400 in fines and assessments, as part of her plea bargain.

Mays was arrested on March 12 by Perkins Police Officer Charles Danker after a female reported that a woman was driving a blue station wagon west on Highway 33 at Fairgrounds Road -- while a male passenger was slapping her, court records show.

When the Perkins police officer made a traffic stop on the station wagon that had a cracked front windshield, Mays was told about the call that she was being slapped, Danker wrote in an affidavit.

She said she was not being hit by her husband, who said he would never do that, but said that he had yelled at her about not cleaning trash out of the car, the affidavit said.

After Perkins Police Chief Bob Ernst and Perkins Police Lt. Jason Galt arrived at the traffic stop site, a Payne County dispatcher reported Mays' husband "had a NCIC hit from Arkansas, but they wouldn't extradite," and Mays had an arrest warrant from Sapulpa, which also wouldn't extradite, the affidavit said.

The Perkins police chief said that when Mays' husband got out of the vehicle, he could see an open bag of syringes, the affidavit said. Mays' husband told the Perkins police chief there might be a baggie with residue in the vehicle, the affidavit said.

After Perkins Police Sgt. Dewayne Hammack arrived with his K-9, the drug dog "gave a strong alert to the passenger front door," where a bag containing multiple syringes, a makeup bag with syringes, a spoon with white residue and a baggie with white residue were found, the affidavit said.

"Tasha stated to me that the drug paraphernalia and drugs were hers. She stated she used methamphetamine two days ago and that is what's left over," the Perkins officer wrote in his affidavit After Mays was arrested, her husband was released and said he would walk to a family member's house just up the road, the affidavit said.

Court records show that Mays' husband was not charged in the incident.

Mays, who pleaded guilty to all of her Payne County charges, also admitted that on Nov. 21, 2012, she gave Perkins Police Officer Jason Galt a false surname, for which she received a concurrent one-year jail term Friday.

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