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BARTLESVILLE, Okla. – Two Bartlesville residents were arrested after an early Monday morning raid by Drug Task Force officials uncovered a meth cooking operation in a house near three schools.

The house, located on Crestland Drive on Bartlesville’s east side is 120 feet from the Mid-High school. The other nearby schools were Madison Middle School and Hoover Elementary School.

30-year-old William Thomas Groves, 32, is charged with felony counts of manufacturing methamphetamine, possession of methamphetamine within 1,000 feet of a school and unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia.

Brittany Nichole Powell, 24, is charged with felony possession of controlled substances and misdemeanor unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia.

Her bond is set at $50,000 while Groves’ is $100,000. Both are due back in court on June 24.

According to the affidavit, shortly after midnight, officials with the 11th Judicial Drug Task Force served a search warrant at a residence located on the 500 block of Crestland Drive in Bartlesville.

A woman greeting the officers at the front door and letting them in told them Groves had left the house earlier and she was watching his 11-year-old son whom she had taken care of since he was 18-months old.

She reportedly told officials Groves and his friends “display what she thought was abnormal behavior.” She said at times she had been “so distraught” she locked herself in her room to avoid contact with them.

The report said the woman said she a few weeks prior had found a few syringes in the house and caught a woman in the garage injecting herself using a needle.

In Groves’ bedroom officials found nine syringes, some containing a clear liquid, a smoking device, and multiple items indicating the cooking of meth, including empty packages of pseudoephrine and a full 96-count box of ephedrine, said the report.

In the garage, among other items they found three 2-liter bottles bearing a powder substance and two other smaller bottles having the same appearance — that of methamphetamine labs that have been emptied and dried up, according to the affidavit.

Officials walking the home smelled a strong odor of urine throughout the home and found its carpeted floors scattered with mashed in dog feces and mouse feces in the corners, said the affidavit.

Nearly four hours after they first arrived to the house, officials caught Grove returning to the home and took him into custody. While searching him they found a syringe in his front pants pocket.

Asked why he was cooking meth in the garage, Groves reportedly told officials he “wasn’t the only one cooking the meth and that others were involved,” said the report.

Officials also arrested Powell who had arrived at the residence with Groves. They found in her purse two glass smoking devices and three baggies of methamphetamine.

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