According to a Probable Cause Affidavit, the LeFlore County Sheriff’s Office (LCSO) was asked to help the Sequoyah County Sheriff’s Office with a “search warrant on a residence in the Fort Coffee area for a stolen New Holland Tractor” and a trailer with ramps. When LCSO deputies arrived at the residence, they attempted to make contact with anyone in the home, but no one answered their knocks on the door.
As they were walking off the front porch, one of the deputies noticed a dirt bike that appeared to have “multiple wires hanging from its starter area and it appeared that the ignition had been tampered with as it had a foreign object forced into it in attempts to try and start it without the key.” Without searching or moving the dirt bike, a deputy was able to see the serial number” When the deputy ran the serial number, he discovered that the dirt bike was stolen out of Kansas. He then called “to request another warrant since [he] had stolen property.”
When another law enforcement officer arrived with the search warrant for the stolen dirt bike, LCSO again attempted to make contact with anyone in the home. When no one answered, the deputy “made forced entry. [He] announced [himself] and asked for “anyone inside to make themselves known. Shortly after [the deputy] heard a male voice coming from the back of the residence.”
The deputy made his way to the back of the residence and found Harold Rutledge lying on the bed with his hands in the air. As the deputy was patting down Rutledge for weapons, the other law enforcement officer entered “the room with a loaded rifle.” About that same time the deputy noticed “multiple large containers with Marijuana inside and multiple containers had individually packaged suspected narcotics inside along with visible weight scales consistent with the sale of narcotics. Next to the suspected Marijuana was a “loaded Smith and Wesson AR 15 style rifle.” The deputy announced to everyone that they needed to exit the residence until they had a search warrant for that type of items. As they exited the room, the deputy observed a “Crown Royal bag on the floor with a pistol hanging out” and multiple pills inside a clear plastic bag which was also visible. He also observed drug paraphernalia as they exited the house.
After obtaining another search warrant, the officers re-entered the house and began the search. They located 11 various firearms and multiple types of narcotics. In an RV parked next to the home, they found bags of what field tested positive for methamphetamine and cocaine and scales next to each. They also found cash and other drug paraphernalia.
Rutledge was arrested on multiple charges including convicted felon in possession of firearm, trafficking cocaine (powder) 28 grams or more, knowingly concealing stolen property and possession of CDS pills with intent to distribute.