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September 19, 2013

Man arraigned on drug charge

ENID, Okla. — By Cass Rains

Staff Writer

A 41-year-old Enid man was arraigned on a felony drug charge Thursday that accuses him of possessing methamphetamine within 37 feet of an elementary school.

Anthony Thomas Runco was arraigned on a count of possession of a controlled substance within 1,000 feet of a school and a misdemeanor count of possession of drug paraphernalia.

Runco faces two to 10 years imprisonment on the felony and up to a year in county jail and/or a fine of up to $1,000 on the misdemeanor.

According to an affidavit filed in the case, Enid Police Department Narcotics Unit served a search warrant at 7:50 a.m. Sept. 12 at 413 W. Cottonwood.

Detectives observed Runco leave the residence about 10 minutes prior to serving the search warrant, leaving eastbound on Cottonwood on a bicycle.

During a search of a converted garage bedroom, detectives found a metal pipe containing a burnt residue of marijuana, according to the affidavit.

Detectives also found four hypodermic syringes in a cabinet in the same bedroom.

Detectives used a field kit to test the fluid in one of the syringes and the substance tested positive for methamphetamine, according to the affidavit.

A test of the residue in the pipe was positive for marijuana.

Detectives spoke with a man who also lives at 413 W. Cottonwood. He said he rents the room to Runco and primarily stays with his girlfriend.

Detectives found multiple pieces of mail with the address and Runco’s name on it.

The residence at 413 W. Cottonwood is 37 feet and 6 inches from Monroe Elementary School, located at 400 W. Cottonwood.

During his appearance before Special District Judge Brian Lovell, Runco asked for his $15,000 bond to be reduced. Lovell denied the request, asking, “Wasn’t it within 36 feet of the school?”

Runco was ordered to return to court Oct. 28 for a bond appearance.

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