Police officer’s drug trafficking trial bumped to October
Post-Tribune staff report June 5, 2014 6:24PM
Marla Guye, Gary Police officer. | Provided Photo~Sun-Times Media
Updated: July 8, 2014 6:09AM
GARY — The Gary patrol officer charged in Oklahoma with trafficking 48 pounds of marijuana won a reprieve in the proceedings because her co-defendant’s lawyer won’t be available for the trial set in June, officials said this week.
Marla Guye, 31, of Gary, is on unpaid administrative leave from the Gary Police Department until her criminal case is resolved. After rejecting a plea agreement earlier this year, Guye was scheduled to go on trial June 16. But at a pretrial hearing May 27, the lawyer representing her alleged accomplice, Terrence Gee, 27, of Michigan City, told the judge he would not be able to attend the trial, which is scheduled for two weeks beginning Oct. 20, Lincoln County (Okla.) Assistant District Attorney Pamela Hammer said.
“She bought herself four more months,” Hammer said. She said the state typically tries co-defendants together because it is economical.
Guye and her boyfriend were driving back from Arizona Oct. 23, 2012, after flying there two days earlier when an Oklahoma State Trooper trained in drug interdiction saw the couple’s rental car in the toll lane and stopped it. He said the driver’s actions appeared suspicious after switching lanes in the toll line.
During a search of the car, the trooper found 48 pounds of marijuana in one suitcase the couple shared for the trip. Guye was scheduled to work as a Community Oriented Policing Services officer the morning she was arrested more than 700 miles away.
Guye had been performing clerical work inside the police station since her arrest. In March, however, the city instituted a new ordinance that requires police officers charged with felonies to be taken off the payroll.