OKC Police Ring in 2012 with High-Speed Chase

Two men are facing drug trafficking charges in Oklahoma City after a high-speed pursuit by Oklahoma City police and the Oklahoma Highway Patrol.  Instead of celebrating the start of a new year, Torray Andre Payne, 35, and Daryl Taylor, 24, will be finding an Oklahoma City drug lawyer to handle their defense. According to police, Oklahoma City police officers attempted a routine stop for a traffic violation just after 1:00 a.m. on January 1.  The suspects did not stop, and instead continued east, reaching speeds of up to 100 mph before crashing the vehicle.  Police say Payne and Taylor attempted to flee on foot but were apprehended.  Allegedly, the two men were throwing drugs from the vehicle during the pursuit, and a search of the vehicle revealed large amounts of cocaine and money.  Payne and Taylor were arrested for attempting to elude police and on suspicion of drug trafficking in Oklahoma. In Oklahoma, drug trafficking charges are usually levied based on the amount of the illegal narcotic in possession of the defendant.  Regardless of whether or not the suspect actually intended to sell or distribute the controlled substance, prosecutors feel that possession of a large amount of drugs is an indication of an attempt to sell or traffic in drugs. The amount of drug necessary for Oklahoma drug trafficking charges depends on the type of drug in possession:

  • Marijuana - 25 pounds
  • Cocaine - 28 grams
  • Crack Cocaine - 5 grams
  • Heroine - 10 grams
  • LSD - 50 doses
  • Methamphetamine - 20 grams
  • PCP - 1 ounce
Though trafficking generally refers to "large amounts," it is clear that possession of even small amounts of particularly potent drugs can lead to drug trafficking charges in Oklahoma.  Larger amounts may bring a charge of aggravated trafficking. Penalties for a conviction of trafficking in Oklahoma include mandatory prison sentencing, heavy fines, license suspension, and forfeiture of any assets gained by or used in trafficking.  Seized assets may include cash, weapons, and vehicles. Drug trafficking is a felony which may be charged as either a state offense (trafficking within Oklahoma) or a federal offense prosecuted in conjunction with the FBI or the DEA. Penalties for a first offense of Oklahoma drug trafficking include four years to life in prison and fines ranging from $20,000 to $500,000.  If a person has two prior drug trafficking convictions, he or she may be sentenced to life in prison without parole. Oklahoma has some of the toughest drug laws in the nation.  If you are suspected of trafficking in illegal narcotics, it is important to contact a skilled Oklahoma City drug lawyer immediately to begin your defense.

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