News Headlines - August 21



Hampton tells media drug trafficking stops on I-35 are on the rise

Criminal drug trafficking on I-35 is on the rise, this according to a KXII interview with Oklahoma Highway Patrol Troop F Captain Ronnie Hampton.

Last week, 23-year-old Jared Jahnel of Oklahoma City was stopped for speeding in Murray County just off of I-35. But during the stop, the trooper discovered criminal activities and happened to have a K-9 unit with him.

Upon investigating, he found 14 grams of Heroin in the vehicle and Jahnel was booked into Murray County Jail on Trafficking charges.

Jahnel is only the latest in an increasing number of drug-related stops on or near I-35 according to Hampton.

He said because of the close proximity between Oklahoma City and Dallas, I-35 is a pretty common thoroughfare for drug trafficking, but recently the number of stops in Garvin, Murray, Carter, Love, Johnston, Pontotoc and Marshall Counties has been on the rise, possibly due to troopers being more aware to red flags.

But it’s not just Troopers, according to the interview with Hampton. Other local law enforcement agencies are also on the lookout. Hampton told KXII that law enforcement are being taught to look beyond the traffic stop so they can catch more criminals like Jahnel before they get their product to its destination.

A link to the story can be found HERE.


Man involved in Sherman crash Monday arrested for DWI

A man who was hospitalized in a rollover accident Monday night in Sherman was arrested for driving while intoxicated.

Jeremy Pennell was involved in an accident Monday night, where he rear-ended another car. His car flipped and rolled over and he was taken to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries, then later arrested.

Pennell was believed to be on prescription medication at the time of the crash.


U.S. Rep. Cole talks Foreign Affairs, Immigration, Progress in D.C. with SORC News Director

U.S. Representative Tom Cole has been making his rounds through Oklahoma’s fourth district recently and stopped by the Southern Oklahoma Radio Studios Wednesday afternoon to chat about issues up in Washington.

Cole covered a number of topics, including current progress in D.C., foreign affairs, immigration and the progress that Washington has seen over the past year.

You can hear the full interview HERE.

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