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Texas man arrested in Oklahoma state park for marijuana

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A man from Lake Kiowa, Texas was arrested for possession of marijuana at Little Sahara State Park in Oklahoma on Friday, July 25. Ryan Chase Shuflin, 25, was charged with felony possession of a controlled dangerous substance within 1,000 feet of a state park.

According to court records, State Park Ranger Ryan Webster was on patrol shortly after midnight when he stopped near a campsite after hearing music from that location. He walked to the campsite, and Matthew Lee Carpenter of Gainesville opened a side entry door on an enclosed trailer and exited. Carpenter said something Webster couldn’t understand so Webster approached and asked him if everything was alright. As he spoke with him near the entrance to the trailer, Webster claimed to smell marijuana inside the trailer.

After a series of questions, Carpenter acknowledged that there were two others inside, later identified as Shuflin and Clayton Dale Ortowski. The trailer belonged to Carpenter and the marijuana belonged to Shuflin.

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Once backup arrived, permission was given to search the trailer and the rangers found several grams of marijuana inside. Shuflin also admitted that he had cannabis in his backpack, which he gave the rangers permission to search.

A truck was also found at the website, which belonged to Ortowski. Upon getting permission to search the vehicle, rangers found a loaded Stoeger Courgar .45 caliber handgun tucked between the center console and the passenger seat. It was in a black nylon holster that also contained a second loaded magazine. Ortowski claimed ownership of the gun but said he did not have a conceal and carry permit. “You don’t need one in Texas,” he said.

Shuflin was arrested and Ortowski was issued a citation. Both the marijuana and handgun were confiscated.

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Stephen Carter

Stephen Carter is a journalist and information technology specialist living in Waco, Texas. He has been working with the cannabis movement since 2009. He founded Texas Cannabis Report in 2013 to bring Texans accurate cannabis related news.

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