Wednesday, July 6, 2022 - A Sequoyah County couple was charged June 29 with the unlawful possession of a controlled drug with intent to distribute, court records show.
Shane Roy Cook, 50, and his wife, Rachel Irene Cook, 41, each face up to five years in the Department of Corrections and a fine of up to $20,000 if they are convicted of the felony charge.
Rachel Cook was also charged with driving on a suspended license, a misdemeanor.
On June 24, agents with the District 27 Drug and Violent Crimes Task Force were on patrol and were facing eastbound on Interstate 40 when they noticed a black car pass by with a paper tag. As the agents got closer to the car, they realized the paper tag had expired May 2.
The agents then initiated a traffic stop. One of the agents approached the car’s passenger side and observed a white male passenger and a white female driver. When asked for her license, the woman said it had been suspended but that she was driving because her passenger was in bad health. The male, identified as Shane Cook, then gave the officer his Oklahoma driver’s license and an Arkansas driver’s license for his wife.
The agents asked Rachel Cook to come back to their patrol car to speak with them. She told the agents that she and her husband had been at a friend’s home in Webbers Falls for the night. The agent then asked Shane Cook where they were coming from, and he said they had been to Oklahoma City. He said he didn’t know why his wife had stated they were in Webbers Falls.
The two were noticeably nervous, according to the crime report, and could not answer simple questions such as where they had been and the name of the friend with whom they had stayed, and their answers didn’t match up.
The conflicting stories led the suspicious agents to deploy K-9 officer “Ammo,” who sniffed around the car. Ammo started focusing on the driver’s door seam and up to the door handle. The dog alerted at that spot and at another area near the back of the car.
One of the agents reportedly had prior knowledge of the Cooks making previous trips to pick up heroin.
Rachel Cook was then arrested for driving under suspension and transported to the Sequoyah County Detention Center. Shane Cook continued to speak with the remaining agent.
He asked the agent if he could walk away to use the bathroom. Cook was reportedly moving around and placing his hand on his buttocks. The agent asked what was wrong and Cook said he had a hernia under his belly button.
When the agent returned from taking Rachel Cook to the detention center, he told Shane Cook that his wife had admitted why they had gone to Oklahoma City and what they had picked up while there. He said his wife had handed him the heroin and he was supposed to hide it. The agents then asked where it had been hidden and Cook reached into the back of his shorts and pulled out a piece of white plastic containing two separate pieces of plastic wrapping that contained a brown substance. The substance weighed 4.2 grams and field-tested positive for heroin.
Like his wife, Shane Cook was arrested and taken to the detention center.
A search of the car turned up a can of peach Red Bull with a brown substance on the bottom in the middle console of the car.
Andrea Adams, Staff Writer
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