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May 20, 2014

Two arrested for aggravated trafficking following traffic stop

DUNCAN — A routine traffic stop resulted in the arrest of two men allegedly transporting a kilo of methamphetamine street valued at $90,000.

John Robert Cundiff, 57, of Marlow, and Sterling Geral Bates, 60, of Duncan, face charges of aggravated trafficking stemming from their arrest Friday afternoon.

Officer Ryan Atkinson was one of two arresting officers who made the traffic stop around noon Friday near the intersection of B and Ash. Atkinson, who is a canine officer, said a canine unit was deployed during the stop. The canine positively identified the presence of a controlled dangerous substance in the vehicle, Atkinson said.

“It’s the most I’ve ever found,” Atkinson said. “It’s good to get that off the streets. That was coming to Duncan. They’re both local guys.”

Cundiff and Bates were arraigned Monday on the aggravated trafficking charges. Aggravated trafficking refers to any amount of narcotics exceeding 450 grams. Atkinson said, when he finds narcotics on an individual, the usual amount is between a quarter gram and five grams.

A kilo of methamphetamine is a significant amount, Atkinson said. A kilo is equivalent to 1,000 grams.

“That’s very unusual,” he said.

Bates and Cundiff will appear in Stephens County District Court for their preliminary hearing conferences at 9 a.m. July 2. Bond for Cundiff was set at $250,000, and bond for Bates was set at $350,000.

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