Claremore Daily Progress

April 23, 2014

Meth busts net 12 arrests

Deputies executed two search warrants at two residences

Mark Friedel
Staff Reporter

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.
Deputies removed seven adults and two small children, a 3-year-old girl and a 5-month-old baby boy, from Helen Bates’ residence. Adults were Briana Bates, Rosemary Burrows, Derek Bates, Londa Bates, Vicki Bates, Warren Harper and Helen Bates.
Upon discovery of a second active meth lab within the home, deputies called in a certified clandestine lab officer to remove the labs due to hazardous chemicals being exposed. 
Deputies located marijuana smoking devices, scales containing meth, and crushed neurotin, all belonging to Vicki Bates, according to the arrest report.
Within Derek Bates and  Burrows’ room, deputies found prescription bottles containing marijuana and a glass mirror with a white powdery substance and razor blade. Two firearms, a muzzle loader and 9mm pistol were also recovered inside.
Within Londa and Briana Bates’ room, deputies discovered Harper with Briana who told officials she had used meth prior to the deputies arrival. Smoking devices, a syringe and a .22 magnum rifle were laying in plain site, according to reports. 
All occupants were arrested following a search of the home, and the children have since been placed into state’s custody, according to reports. 
Occupants inside of Helen’s residence were all charged with child endangerment. 
Harper was arrested for manufacturing methamphetamine, possession of paraphernalia, possession of a firearm while in commission of a felony, possession of firearm after former conviction of a felony and unlawful tatooing. Briana, Derek and Burrows were also charged with manufacturing meth, possession of paraphernalia, possesion of controlled dangerous substance and possession of firearm while in commission of a felony. 
Vicki Bates’ additional charges included possession of CDS and possession of paraphernalia. Londa Bates was also charged with possession of CDS, possession of paraphernalia and possesion of firearm while in commission of a felony. 
Helen Bates’ additional charges included maintaining place for keeping/selling CDS and possession of firearm while committing a felony. 
Marty Bates received several charges, including manufacturing of CDS, possession of controlled substance, unlawful possession of paraphernalia, unlawful use of a recording device, distribution of controlled substance, maintaining place for CDS, carry of firearms after conviction/during probation and use of firearm while committing a felony.
Bitting was charged with unlawful possession of paraphernalia, possession of controlled substance and use of firearm while committing a felony.
Thornton was arrested for possession of controlled substance, unlawful possession of paraphernalia, use of firearm while committing a felony and manufacturing of CDS.