(Stillwater, Okla.) — A Cushing man and his wife have been charged with endeavoring to manufacture methamphetamine and concealing two stolen hand-held radios on property in the 2000 block of E. Deeprock Road west of Cushing.
James Farris Shipman, 39, remains jailed on $100,000 bail. He has been given a court-appointed attorney and ordered to appear in court on Nov. 5.
His wife, Cathy D. Shipman, 37, was released after posting $20,000 bail. She has been ordered to appear in court Nov. 16 with an attorney.
Payne County Sheriff’s Deputy Dan Nack obtained a search warrant on Oct. 22 for the couple’s residence in the 2000 block of E. Deeprock Road, west of Cushing, court records show.
“Upon arriving, two teams secured the residence and camper trailers south of the residence,” Nack wrote in an affidavit.
The couple was not home at the time, but Cathy Shipman arrived moments later, the affidavit said.
“She admitted that she purchased a box of pseudoephedrine on Oct. 19, 2012. She states that she bought them and gave them to her husband for the manufacturing of meth,” the affidavit alleged.
“Cathy stated that they bought this house approximately three years ago, and access the land behind and to the sides of the house openly with permission from the oil company who owns it,” the affidavit alleged.
“In the master bedroom shared by Cathy and James were two Motorola hand-held radios (same type used by our office.) This is not a common radio easily accessible to the public,” the deputy wrote in his affidavit.
“In the kitchen was one 6-unit charging base for these radios, with two additional radios on the chargers. All possessed the initials TRI.
“Inscribed on the base of the charger was Total Radio, Inc. Contacting them and providing the serial numbers, they advised these radios were stolen,” Nack alleged in his affidavit.
“Outside the residence two campers were parked in a concealed manner at the south of the property. Walking trails were clearly visible to the woods just behind them.
“Clear driving trails were also evident from the yard to the wooded area beyond the campers. Approximately 25 yards from the south camper was one 7-gallon bucket.
“All items within this bucket were immediately recognized as items used to manufacture methamphetamine,” according to the affidavit by Nack, who is certified to handle, investigate and dismantle meth labs.
“In the southern camper, one Ruger brand model 10/22 rifle with a loaded magazine was also found. This was against the eastern wall next to a chair. On a makeshift table by this chair was a cigarette box, which contained three white pills,” the affidavit alleged.
At about 9:46 p.m., James Shipman’s truck pulled into the driveway where three deputies were standing and numerous marked patrol cars were parked, the affidavit said.
“As I approached the truck on foot, the truck backed back out on the road and sped away westbound,” Nack wrote in his affidavit.
“Following in my car, with lights activated, the truck stopped approximately one-quarter to one-half mile west,” Nack wrote in his affidavit.
Two males were in the front seat with James Shipman, who was the front right passenger, the affidavit said. James Shipman was arrested, the affidavit said.
“One one-pint jar with residue was field-tested for methamphetamine. One coffee filter with residue was field-tested,” and was positive for ephedrine, the affidavit alleged.
Three pills located in the camper were identified as a generic form of Soma, which James Shipman was charged with possessing without a prescription, court records allege.
When Cathy Shipman was interviewed the following morning, “she advised that when not in the house, Jamie spends most of his time in the back by the campers,” the affidavit alleged.
“When asked about the radios, she stated that Jamie showed up with them a few months ago, and they have been in the house since,” the affidavit alleged.
If convicted of endeavoring to manufacture methamphetamine and knowingly concealing stolen radios, the couple could each be given a life prison term plus five years, court records show.
If convicted of a misdemeanor count of possessing the generic form of Soma without a prescription, James Shipman could be incarcerated for an additional one year, court records show.