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December 29, 2013

Man arrested, attempts to hide contraband in mouth

CLAREMORE —

A Claremore man gave new meaning to the term “meth mouth” when he attempted to conceal an undisclosed amount of methamphetamine inside his mouth last week, according to Claremore police.
“Around 2:30 p.m. Thursday (Dec. 26), I observed a vehicle on Sioux Avenue, south of Blue Starr which had a passenger in it who looked similar to someone we’re currently seeking in connection with a meth lab investigation,” said Lt. Steve Cox, Claremore Police Department. “I continued to follow (the vehicle) and when the driver failed to signal for a turn, I pulled him over on Dorothy Avenue, near the smoke shop.
“At that time, we took the driver — Jerry Don Willyard — in as he was driving under suspension,” Cox continued. “When he was being booked into the (Rogers County) jail, the jailers observed him putting something in his mouth, seemingly to swallow it, so he was taken to the hospital as a precaution.”
As it turned out, Willyard hadn’t swallowed anything, but rather, had sought to hide an undisclosed amount of methamphetamine in his mouth, which was later found to still be under his lip, near his cheek, according to Cox.
“Some of the meth had dissolved as Mr. Willyard had it in his mouth for some time (at that point), but enough was retrieved to include it in charges against him,” he said. 
As of Friday afternoon, Willyard, 41, was in Rogers County Jail, held on charges of bringing contraband into jail. Bond was set at $5,284.
Lt. Cox said Willyard’s passenger was questioned and released.

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