Claremore Daily Progress

Crime/Courts

April 23, 2014

Meth busts net 12 arrests

Deputies executed two search warrants at two residences

CLAREMORE —

Rogers County deputies arrested 12 individuals over the weekend who were allegedly involved in the manufacturing and distribution of methamphetamine near Foyil.
Deputies executed two search warrants around 9:30 p.m. Saturday at the 13600 block of East 435 Road. 
Within the two residences located on the property, deputies found two working meth labs with a serveillance system, several smoking devices, scales containing meth, syringes, spoons with residue, straws known as “tooters,” marijuana and several firearms, according to the deputies’ report.
Owners Martin “Marty” Bates, 49, and Helen Marie Bates, 68, both from Claremore, were among those arrested on scene. Deputies began investigating the two homes after receiving multiple complaints of a chemical odor coming from the property.
As deputies entered Marty’s house, five occupants, including Marty, David Thelin, Nicole Noble, Travis Bitting and Billy Bob Thornton were gathered around a desk with a set of scales on top, grinding a white powdery substance, according to the arrest reports. On top of the scales were plates containing methamphetamine. 
All occupants were arrested.
Within the home, deputies also noticed a .22 caliber rifle behind Marty Bates’ desk. The report stated that Bates is a convicted felon and is not allowed to be in possession of firearms.
Noble had been at Marty Bates’ residence on separate occasions and according to the Justice Exchange records, she purchased pseudophedrine — the nasal and sinus drug commonly used to create meth — four times between Feb. 11 and April 18. Thelin, who was dating Noble at the time, had purchased pseudophedrine more than 10 times since Jan. 1, and Thornton attempted to purchase the drug a total of 10 times since Jan. 1, according to the deputies’ report.
Deputies also located an active meth lab on the property, in addition to multiple items used in the “shake” process of manufacturing meth as well as a camera and monitor, used for surveillance. The camera picked up activity coming from the road on the Bates property, according to reports.

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