Claremore Daily Progress

March 20, 2014

5 arrested in substantial drug bust

Officers obtain 10 grams of heroin, $15,000 cash

Mark Friedel
Staff Reporter

CLAREMORE —

Claremore Police officers arrested five individuals involved in the buying and selling of heroin.
Claremore residents Christopher Whipkey, 21, Elizabeth Gray, 20, Bryson Kilpatrick, 21 and Mason Wantland were arrested Thursday at a traffic stop in Claremore, which lead to the arrest of Nathanial Chapin, 29, Thursday night at a residence in Catoosa.
Investigation Sergeant Wayne Stinnett said the department had been investigating the drug circle for several months. 
Undercover officers were able to make a controlled purchase of heroin from Whipkey Monday, allowing a search warrant to be obtained.
He said officers had been surveiling Whipkey for some time after receiving complaints of heroin trafficking from multiple sources. 
At the traffic stop, officers obtained nearly 10 grams of heroin from the vehicle and received information that Chapin was the contributing source.
Through a cooperative effort between the Rogers County Sheriff’s Office and Claremore Police, deputies arrested Chapin at his residence where they found heroin and approximately $15,000 in cash, including the money used by officers in the controlled purchase Monday. 
“This was a good hit for us,” said Stinett. “We’re hopeful that we made a dent in this drug circle — preventing others from getting involved in this activity.”
Whipkey and Gray received charges including trafficking illegal drugs and conspiracy to deliver and manufacture controlled dangerous substance. 
Chapin’s charges included distribution of controlled dangerous substance within 1,000 feet of school and distribution and possession of controlled substance.
Kilpatrick and Wantland were charged with possesion of paraphernalia.