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Expired tag leads to Lawton couple's arrest

Johnathan Villarreal (Source Comanche County Detention Center) Johnathan Villarreal (Source Comanche County Detention Center)
Diane Stanton (Source Comanche County Detention Center) Diane Stanton (Source Comanche County Detention Center)

LAWTON, OK (KSWO) –A Lawton couple was arrested Wednesday afternoon, and it all started with an expired paper tag.

A Lawton Police Detective noticed a black Hyundai Elantra had an expired paper tag while driving north on Southwest 14th Street, between Southwest ‘J’ Avenue and ‘I’ Avenue. The driver, Johnathan Villarreal, knew his tags were expired but told the detective he had to pick his wife up from work. He went on to say he didn’t have a license or insurance.

The detective called for backup while checking the driver, his wife, Diane Stanton, and a third passenger for warrants. Once backup arrived, Be, the K9 unit, walked around the car and detected drugs.

All three were taken out of the car and searched. A Tylenol bottle with .6 grams of methamphetamine and a green straw was found in Stanton’s bra. Police also found numerous containers with marijuana residue, which Villarreal told police they all had marijuana at one time, and two broken meth pipes.

Villarreal was arrested and booked into the Lawton City Jail for possession of drug paraphernalia, an expired tag, driving with a suspended license and for not having insurance.

Stanton was arrested and booked for possession of methamphetamine and possession of drug paraphernalia.

The third passenger was let go at the scene.

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