Gary cop had 48 pounds of marijuana in car
By Lori Caldwell firstname.lastname@example.org | 648-3258 October 24, 2012 5:56PM
Marla Guye, Gary Police officer. | Provided Photo~Sun-Times Media
Updated: November 26, 2012 7:14AM
Oklahoma Highway Patrol troopers found 48 pounds of marijuana in the rental car occupied by Gary Patrolman Marla Guye and her friend Terrance Gee.
Gee, 25, of Michigan City, was stopped on the Turner Turnpike east of Oklahoma City about 6:30 a.m. Tuesday after he changed lanes without signalling, Trooper Betsy Randolph said.
“The driver appeared very nervous,” Randolph, the Highway Patrol’s public affairs officer, said.
The troopers questioned Gee and Guye, then obtained permission to search the car, a white Ford Escape with Texas registration. They found the marijuana packaged in two bundles and stashed in a suitcase.
Both Guye, 29, and Gee are being held at Lincoln County Jail on a probable cause charge of trafficking in marijuana. Their bail is set at $75,000.
Shortly after the arrest, police reported Guye was driving the car, but Randolph said an affidavit filed later Tuesday stated Gee was behind the wheel when troopers made the stop.
A judge set bail at $7,500, but increased it after the affidavit was submitted with the quantity of marijuana located in the car.
Formal charges will be presented Thursday in district court in Chandler.
Guye, hired in late 2009, was scheduled to work the day shift Tuesday as a Community Oriented Policing Services officer assigned to the Miller area. She did not show up for work Tuesday.
Randolph said police learned the pair were driving from Arizona to Indiana.
Officials from the U.S. Department of Justice questioned Guye Tuesday, just hours after she was taken into custody.
Guye is the third Gary officer in two years to be involved in illegal drug activity.
Laron Leslie tested positive for marijuana after he crashed his take-home squad car in September, 2011. David Finley was charged in federal court with dealing cocaine and marijuana earlier this year.
All three were hired after the City Council changed the selection procedure for applicants, allowing the administration to select anyone on the eligibility list. The change was made in an effort to bring more Gary residents onto the force.
Previously, the city was required to hire new officers based on results of a battery of tests, with the highest ranking finalists first.