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Editor's note: This story was updated to correct a grammatical error related to the amount of gun ammunition in the magazine.

After observing a driver drift over the center line and again over the fog line, Duncan Police initiated a traffic stop which resulted in lawmen finding hundreds of pills in the vehicle and on the passenger’s person.

According to court documentation, the driver, Tyler Rice, of Duncan, was charged with driving a motor vehicle under the influence of alcohol, second and subsequent. The passenger, Joseph Glen Strawn, of Marlow, faces charges of false personation after two or more convicted felonies, possession of a controlled dangerous substance with intent to distribute after two or more convicted felonies, possession of firearm after former felony convictions, attempted escape from arrest after two or more felony convictions, resisting an officer and unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia.

Police records show the stop happened just before 3 a.m. May 13 when they observed a truck traveling south on Highway 81 near the Highway 7 overpass. Police records indicate the pickup “traveled in the shoulder for several hundred feet, drifted left across the centerline and back right over the fog line,” which is when police initiated the traffic stop.

When police made it to the vehicle, they identified Rice as the driver, who was arrested after a standardized field sobriety test.

The passenger, who first tried to use his brother’s name, was identified as Strawn. While police were conducting Rice’s field sobriety test, they heard a “clunk” sound from Strawn in the passenger seat and asked him to exit the car. When he exited the car, police tried to detain him but Strawn attempted to flee the scene.

When he was contained, police conducted a search of Strawn’s person, which resulted in lawmen finding 53 whole green rectangular pills and 66 partial green rectangular pills later identified as Xanax. 

Police also found different prescription bottles with the labels torn off and numerous pills inside. Some were identified as ephedrine and described as colorful pills with pictures like Spider-Man and Mario while others were identified as amphetamine/dextroamphetamine. The bottles had well over 100 pills between them, according to the report.

Also on Strawn’s person, lawmen found $385 cash and a chamber loaded gun with an additional five rounds of ammunition in the magazine, according to the report.

Inside the vehicle, police found a silver plastic bag containing 372 whole green rectangular pills and an additional 33 green partial pills. Police also found three separate gallon-sized bags containing a green powdery substance. The bags were labeled “red boli fresh,” “w. elephant” and “super green,” according to the affidavit.

Strawn complained of an arm injury and was transported to a local hospital, where he tried to flee the scene again. After he was medically cleared, he was transported to the Stephens County jail.

Strawn’s bail is set for $150,000. He will return to court for a preliminary hearing conference at 9 a.m. July 15.

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