The Moore American

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July 31, 2013

Meth found, parents charged

MOORE — A Moore couple was charged Wednesday in Cleveland County District Court after police found methamphetamine and paraphernalia in the family’s vehicle after a traffic stop.

Stephen Dewayne Cope, 40, and Martha Suzanne Cope, 31, were both charged with possession of controlled substances in the presence of minors. Stephen Cope also faces a charge of unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia.

Stephen, Martha and their three children were all in the vehicle during the stop at Northwest 12th Street and Broadway Street in Moore. The children ranged in age from 4 to 11.

Martha Cope was placed under arrest immediately after police found out she had an outstanding felony warrant for her arrest in Oklahoma County. When police asked about her drug use, she admitted to ingesting methamphetamines the day before, according to the affidavit filed with charges.

When the officer concluded the traffic stop, he then asked Stephen Cope about his drug activity. He admitted to injecting and smoking methamphetamines several months ago, the affidavit said.

After the admitted drug use from both parents, police asked to search the vehicle. When the couple consented, the officer found a plastic bottle containing a glass methamphetamine smoking pipe, a plastic bottle containing jewelry baggies with a crystal-like substance and a defaced prescription bottle, the document said.

All of the items were found tucked underneath the center floor gear shift frame on the driver’s side, records show.

Along with the numerous jewelry baggies, a baggie containing about one gram of the same crystal-like substance was found in the plastic bottle. The prescription bottle contained a pill later identified as Tramadol, a Schedule IV drug, records show.

Police then arrested Stephen Cope and he admitted to owning the substance. He also told police that Martha uses the meth from the clear plastic container that was found in the vehicle, the affidavit said.

The children were released to a family member who responded to the stop.

Both of the parents have been previously convicted of possession of controlled dangerous substances in Oklahoma County.

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