Pauls Valley, OK, Pauls Valley Democrat

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October 1, 2008

No bond in big drug bust

The numbers are big as county deputies got their man, or in this case their woman, and more suspects could follow after one of the largest drug busts here ever.

Officials with the Garvin County Sheriff’s Department said Monday the arrest of Audra Lee Viola Rico, 30, of Pauls Valley was a big one since she was at the top of their list of suspected methamphetamine dealers for this county.

It was Rico’s criminal background and connection to a Texas murder case with local ties here that were among the reasons cited by a judge in a ruling to deny her bond in this new case.

“This is the largest methamphetamine seizure that law enforcement has done in Garvin County that wasn’t on the interstate,” Lt. Travis Crawford said.

“She was our number one target for the Garvin County Sheriff’s office in terms of methamphetamine distribution,” he said.

A total of five formal charges have been filed against Rico, including a felony count of unlawfully trafficking illegal drugs — a charge that if convicted could draw a potential sentence of life in prison.

That charge comes after approximately 150 grams of meth “ice,” considered a very potent form of the drug, were found in the vehicle she was driving.

A second count is for the 132 Lortab pills, a pain medication that requires a prescription, also found in the same vehicle. In this case the vehicle was located near a local school.

Garvin County Special District Judge Trisha Misak based various factors on her decision to deny bond to Rico.

One of those factors believed to make a Rico a risk to flee if released is her possible involvement in a recent case involving the early August murder of former Wynnewood resident Christopher Cain, 33.

“The defendant is being investigated by homicide detectives in Dallas, Texas for the alleged homicide of Chris Cain,” Misak stated in a filed document.

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