According to a report, a Comanche Oklahoma police officer was accused of cultivating a marijuana patch inside a shed behind his “Red Hot” liquor store.
The Stephen’s County Sheriff’s Office said they were tipped off to Roy Collinsworth’s marijuana operation and began an investigation.
Collingsworth was apparently surprised when investigators asked him about the drug operation.
According to the District Attorney’s Drug Task Force, when asked about his illegal drug operation, Collingsworth gave them the “No, No” song.
“Who me? Are you kidding? There is no way!”
The investigators for District Attorney Jason Hicks then asked if they could have a look around his business.
According to District Attorney Jason Hicks, “He allowed them the opportunity to go through the liquor store and [they] didn’t see anything there, so they asked if they could search another building.”
D.A. Jason Hicks stated that Collingsworth was very reluctant, but after further questioning agreed to let investigators search a building across the street from Comanche Public School. Investigators said, before they opened the door, Collingsworth stopped them and told them about an “old marijuana grow” that was allegedly inside the building.
Investigators said Collingsworth opened the door to the building and said “I don’t want to go to jail.”
Hicks said “It was a pretty elaborate set-up, everything you would need to cultivate marijuana.”
Collingsworth was arrested, but is now out of jail on bond.
No word from Chief of Police Mike Jones since this incident occurred, and no word if the former officer has been charged, or if a court date was set.
According to Oklahoma State Statute:
- Possession of any amount of marijuana is a crime, subject to up to one year of incarceration.
- A subsequent conviction for possession is a felony which carries the penalty of 2-10 years of incarceration.
Okla. Stat. tit. 63, § 2-401 (2015)
Sale or Distribution
- The sale of less than 25 pounds is a felony, punishable by incarceration for a period of 2 years-life, as well as a fine of $20,000.
- Selling between 25 and 1,000 pounds. Penalties include a fine of between $25,000 and $100,000, between four years and life imprisonment, or both.
- Selling 1,000 pounds or more is punishable with a maximum fine of $500,000, and/or between four years and life imprisonment.
- The sale to minors is a felony, which is punishable by doubling the penalty for both the period of incarceration, as well as the fine to be paid.
- The sale within 2,000 feet of schools, public parks, or public housing is a felony, punishable by a double penalty for both the period of incarceration as well as the fine. A conviction carries with it a mandatory minimum sentence of 50% of the imposed sentence.
Okla. Stat. tit. 63 § 2-401 (2015)
- Cultivating up to 1,000 plants is a felony, punishable by a maximum $25,000 fine and between 20 years and life imprisonment.
- Cultivation of more than 1,000 plants is punishable of a fine up to $50,000 and between 20 years and life imprisonment.