Easter Bunny Accused of Drug Trafficking in Cherokee County

Every spring, the Easter Bunny visits countless homes in the dark of night, leaving baskets of goodies for children and hiding brightly colored eggs around the premises. Although, technically, the Easter Bunny could be accused of breaking and entering--perhaps vandalism or littering--most people would never suspect him of anything sinister. Until now. Police say the Easter Bunny is a drug smuggler and trafficker, delivering a pound of methamphetamine to a home in Tahlequah. The drugs police caught him delivering had a street value of approximately $30,000. Tahlequah police received a tip from the Tulsa County Sheriff's Department that a package containing drugs was going to be delivered to a Cherokee County residence. Police intercepted the package and discovered a plush Easter Bunny, stuffed not with fluff, but with meth. They obtained an anticipatory warrant, and went to the package's intended destination. Posing as delivery men, they served the warrant on Carolyn Ross, the resident who accepted the package. Allegedly, Ross admitted to police that she was the intended recipient of the drug-filled rabbit. She reportedly told them that she was to redistribute the meth to another person. The woman was arrested and booked into the Cherokee County jail, where she was held on $75,000 bond. In Oklahoma, possession of specified quantities of certain controlled substances triggers the Trafficking in Illegal Drugs Act. For methamphetamine, this amount is 20 grams. For reference, there are approximately 453.6 grams in a pound. That means the stuffed bunny contained more than 22 times the amount of meth needed to charge someone with drug trafficking. Even as a first offense, simple possession of methamphetamine for personal use carries heavy penalties. Possession in sufficient quantity to be considered trafficking, however, significantly multiplies the potential sentence. The penalties for meth trafficking depend up on the quantity of drug involved:

  • 20 grams to less than 200 grams - 4 years to life in prison, fine of $25,000 to $200,000
  • 200 grams to less than one pound - 4 years to life in prison, fine of $50,000 to $500,000
  • One pound or more (Aggravated Trafficking) - 15 years to life in prison, fine of $50,000 to $500,000
On its own, one pound doesn't seem like much--it's the same weight as a package of butter. But when it comes to methamphetamine, a pound goes a long way. A stuffed bunny, weighing only one pound, could land an Oklahoma woman behind bars for 15 years to life. That sentence carries a lot more weight than the stuffed rabbit. Oklahoma drug laws are some of the most restrictive and punitive in the nation. Being accused of any drug offense--even possession for personal use--can lead to significant jail or prison time. Call a drug crime defense lawyer for help.