UPDATE: Ashlynn Mae French appeared Friday for arraignment on her charges. Bond was set at $250,000 and she was ordered to return to court Nov. 18 for a bond appearance.
ENID, Okla. — A 26-year-old Enid woman arrested last week by a Garfield County Sheriff's Office deputy was charged Tuesday with two counts of trafficking in illegal drugs.
Ashlynn Mae French was charged in Garfield County District Court with the two drug felonies, as well as a count of unauthorized use of a vehicle. She also was charged with unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia.
The charges stem from an incident early Oct. 9 that led deputies to find a baseball-sized package of what is believed to be heroin in the stolen vehicle French was driving.
At 2:48 a.m. Oct. 9, Deputy Kyle Pierce was driving east in the 1000 block of West Willow and stopped for a light, according to an affidavit filed in the case. A black Kia pulled up next to Pierce's passenger side. Pierce saw the driver of the vehicle, later identified as French, keep looking at his vehicle.
When the light turned, Pierce slowed for the Kia to pass and got behind it. As he did so, the Kia activated its signal and turned onto North Monroe, according to the affidavit. Finding the behavior "slightly suspicious," Pierce turned as well. The Kia then pulled into the driveway of 2217 N. Monroe.
Pierce ran the Kia's tag through dispatch and continued south on Monroe, according to the affidavit. Dispatch advised Pierce the vehicle was reported stolen Sept. 29, 2019, from Norman.
Pierce made a U-turn while activating his lights, according to the affidavit. As he approached the house, he saw French and a male passenger get out of the vehicle and walk toward the door. As he pulled in front of the house, both looked at Pierce, went inside the house and closed the door.
As Pierce walked past the Kia toward the house, French came outside to speak with him, according to the affidavit. Pierce asked French whose vehicle she was driving, and French said it was a friend's. Pierce told her the vehicle was reported stolen, and French again said her friend let her borrow it. When asked for the friend's name, French said she did not know. She said he lived in Oklahoma City but she did not know where.
Pierce told French she was being detained until he could get further information, but French stepped back and said she was not going to be detained, according to the affidavit. French backed toward the house, but Pierce grabbed her arm and placed it behind her back. Pierce explained to French she was not under arrest at the moment, but she was not free to leave. French continued to pull away and attempted to get back into the house.
When both of French's arms were behind her back, she began to cry and say her daughter was going to be taken away, according to the affidavit.
Deputy Jordan Nichols and Enid Police Department Officer Randall Peters arrived on scene, and French was placed in the back seat of Peters' vehicle, according to the affidavit. Nichols and Peters went to the back of the residence to see if the passenger had left but did not locate anyone.
Pierce asked French who had gone inside the residence and she said "Victor" but did not know his last name, according to the affidavit. She also said 2217 N. Monroe was her residence.
French told Pierce she was trying to take "Victor" back to Oklahoma City, according to the affidavit. Nichols began to search the Kia and French told Pierce she needed to tell him something. She said, "There's something in the car." Pierce asked what it was but French would not say and appeared nervous.
Pierce told Nichols there could be something illegal in the vehicle and soon after Nichols pulled out a bag similar in size to a baseball and showed it to Pierce and French, according to the affidavit. Nichols asked, "Are you talking about this?" French nodded while crying and said, "I don't f--- with H," and said she just moved it. The substance was dark and had a vinegar-like scent.
Nichols continued to search the vehicle and found another clear bag and two smaller bags containing a white, crystalline substance and a scale, according to the affidavit. The substances were weighed using the scale found in the Kia. The dark substance weighed 71.8 grams and the crystalline substance weighed 19.6 grams.
Based on French's statements, and the substance found in the vehicle, Pierce applied for a search warrant for 2217 N. Monroe, according to the affidavit. Pierce left the residence to apply for the warrant while Nichols and other EPD officers remained.
Pierce obtained the warrant at 4:02 a.m. and was contacted by Sgt. Jason Reim, who told him to return to the sheriff's office and wait for Sheriff Jody Helm. A battering ram and non-lethal arms were gathered before returning to the scene. Pierce, Reim and Helm returned to the residence, and the warrant was served at 5:01 a.m.
"Nobody was found inside the residence and it is believed that the male went out the back as Ashlynn came out front to speak with me," Pierce wrote in the affidavit.
During a search of the residence, deputies found a large balance scale, $120 in $20 bills and methamphetamine on a box and on a couch, according to the affidavit. Smaller crystals were found on the kitchen table, along with sandwich bags and $140 cash. Nichols also found several smaller bags of a crystalline substance.
"Much of the crystallized substance in this residence was near small children's items such as pacifiers, baby bottles, and child carriers," Pierce noted in the affidavit. The white crystalline substance found at the residence tested positive for methamphetamine and weighed a total of 28.3 grams.
French faces four years to life in prison and a fine of $50,000 to $500,000 on the heroin trafficking charge and four years to life in prison and a fine of $25,000 to $200,000 on the meth trafficking. Because of two prior felony convictions, French faces four year to life on the stolen vehicle charge.