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April 21st, 2019

abla mugshotROBERT PIERCE • Leader & Times

 

Attorneys in the case of a former Seymour Rogers Middle School teacher charged with aggravated trafficking of illegal drugs or meth within 2,000 feet of a school or park have reached a plea agreement.

Information from the Texas County, Okla., District Court Clerk’s office indicates the agreement, reached Jan. 23, includes Melissa Lynn Abla, 37, pleading guilty to one count of aggravated trafficking of illegal drugs or meth within 2,000 feet of a school or park.

However, five other counts against Abla were dismissed, including conspiracy to commit trafficking in illegal drugs or meth within 2,000 feet of a school or park, possession of controlled dangerous substance without tax stamp affixed, maintaining place for keeping or selling controlled substance, possession of firearm during the commission of a felony and unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia.

The Tyrone, Okla., resident was sentenced to 30 years in the Oklahoma state penitentiary under the custody and control of the Oklahoma Department of Corrections, with all but the first 13 years suspended pursuant to the rules and conditions of probation of as entered by the court, with credit for time served. The ODOC was also ordered to supervise Abla’s probation for at least 24 months.

The charges stem from an investigation by the Oklahoma District One District Attorney’s office, in which investigators recovered many bags  of methamphetamine and several guns at a home in Tyrone. 

Investigator Kevin McIntire talked to a witness, Everett “Bryan” Tomlinson, who directed him to where some of the drugs and weapons were located in the house.

During one interview, Tomlinson, according to an affidavit obtained from the Texas County, Okla., Court Clerk’s office, admitted to traveling to Oklahoma City to purchase methamphetamine that he then distributes to individuals in the regional area around Texas County.

McIntire also spoke with Abla herself, and she said she was not actively involved in the distribution of meth with Tomlinson.

“Abla stated that she had driven Tomlinson to locations where she believed he was conducting transactions to purchase and distribute methamphetamine, but she did not give details of the transactions,” the affidavit said.

The affidavit likewise said Tomlinson said he and Abla traveled to OKC Nov. 17, and Tomlinson purchased one kilogram of methamphetamine.

Abla’s plea agreement came after she opted to waive her right to a preliminary hearing, and  in the records obtained from Texas County District Court, the defendant confessed to trafficking near a school or park.

“On November 17, 2018, I possessed or aided another in possessing aggravated trafficking amount of methamphetamine within 2,000 feet of a school or park,” a statement said which asked Abla to state the factual basis for her plea. “The amount of methamphetamine was in excess of two pounds.”

Abla had her initial appearance in Texas County District Court Nov. 28.

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