“It’s not his first rodeo,” said Carter County Sheriff Milton Anthony as he talked about the joint investigation Wednesday that netted 58-year-old Steven Watterson on methamphetamine charges.
Watterson was taken into custody without incident when narcotics officers with the Carter County Sheriff’s Department and Ardmore Police Department served a search warrant at his O Street NE residence.
“Both departments were receiving tips from concerned citizens,” Anthony said. “Those tips resulted in the joint investigation that ended with the search warrant and Watterson’s arrest.”
The sheriff confirmed investigators recovered plastic baggies containing “a crystal-like substance that field tested as meth” during the execution of the search warrant. He added the investigation showed “he had been at this for some time.”
Court records indicate it wasn’t that long ago that Watterson was collared in a similar case. In fact, he was free on a $60,000 bond and is facing an April 30 trial for possession of methamphetamine and illegal possession of a firearm, charges which he garnered in September following his arrest by APD. And, his arrest six months ago only added to his criminal history, which includes prior drug and drug-related convictions spanning two counties.
Charges based on his Tuesday arrest were filed by the district attorney’s office Wednesday. Those charges include possession of methamphetamine with intent to distribute and possession of methamphetamine after former conviction. Watterson made an initial appearance before Special District Judge Thomas Baldwin in Carter County District Court Wednesday afternoon. Bond on the current charges was set at $50,000. A preliminary conference is set for April 22.
Anthony described the repeated offenses in this case as typical behavior for those submerged in the drug culture.
“This is a perfect example of why it is so important we have the cooperation of citizens who observe first hand what is going on in their neighborhoods, and want drugs taken off the streets and roads throughout the county. We have to have information that gives us probable cause to investigate, like the tips that were called in in this case. It’s what not only enables us to carry out investigations, but get results,” Anthony said.
Late Wednesday, Carter County Detention Center records indicated Watterson remained incarcerated pending the posting of bond or the outcome of the new charges against him.