A woman accused of housing large amounts of marijuana, cash and guns is set to appear in Rogers County Associate District Court next week.
Patricia Anne Eslinger, 66, of Catoosa, was arrested about one week after more than 65 pounds of marijuana were found in a home owned by her. Eslinger faces charges of trafficking illegal drugs and possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony.
Members of the 12th Judicial District Drug Task Force made the discovery of the large amount of marijuana in April, after serving a search warrant at the home, located at 16125 Redbud Drive in Catoosa.
Arrested during the bust were Jose Ramos, 39, and Sergio Lopez Orozco, 44. The two were charged with trafficking illegal drugs and bond was set at $200,000 for each.
Eslinger is set to appear in court June 30 on the preliminary hearing sounding docket, while Ramos and Orozco are set for a preliminary hearing on July 10.
Following a three week investigation, the Drug Task Force, headed by the Rogers County Sheriff’s Office, served a search warrant at the home, where they found approximately 69 bags of marijuana. Each bag was said to have contained one pound of marijuana, worth up to $1,000 per bag.
The bust is said to have been the biggest marijuana seizure in the history of Rogers County.
Also seized in the bust were several firearms, including two .22 caliber rifles and a Glock .40 caliber model 27, along with several boxes of ammunition, according to court records.
Stacks of cash were found at various locations inside the home, including under the mattress in the master bedroom. The cash totaled $4,500, according to authorities.
An automobile was also seized after it was identified by authorities as the vehicle used to traffic the marijuana.
Authorities reported the street value of the 69 bags of marijuana to be $104,000, with each bag selling for approximately $1,200.
Mail, including utility bills, addressed to Eslinger were found inside the home as well, according to court records.
This is not the first time the Drug Task Force has investigated the Eslinger residence.
Court records state that on one occasion, the home was being investigated for large amounts of drugs being brought to the residence. Another instance involved a stolen Ford Mustang which contained numerous pieces of illegal drugs and drug paraphernalia. A methamphetamine lab was discovered in the detached garage at the residence in another investigation.
The bulk of the marijuana, according to investigators, was found inside the detached garage, with several other bags containing marijuana discovered inside the home.
Eslinger turned herself into the Rogers County Sheriff’s Office about one week after the bust.