Tulsa woman talks from jail about her drug arrest
Thursday, February 24th 2005, 1:02 pm
News On 6
The News on 6 introduced you to Pam Colley a week ago. She's a woman who said she beat her meth addiction and turned her life around. Colley was arrested four days after our interview, for possession of 100 grams of meth.
We hear from her again. News on 6 crime reporter Lori Fullbright has this exclusive jail room interview.
Pam Colley says she's been crying ever since she got arrested, for all she's lost, for those she's let down, for her innocence. That's right, she says the drugs police found on her, weren't hers.
She says she befriended a woman through her job as an administrative assistant at Operation Hope Prison ministry, whose husband went to prison. She says that woman needed to go to Muskogee to pay the lawyer so Pam agreed to pick her up at 4 AM, they'd go to breakfast and talk, and then the woman would drop Pam off at work then borrow her car and be on the road by 6:30 AM or 7 AM.
As soon as Pam pulled out of the woman's drive-way, Tulsa Police were on them. Pam Colley: "Lights come on everywhere and she threw a bag at me and hit me in the chest." Pam says that bag contained meth and she had no chance to react.
She says it didn't help when police learned the other woman didn't have a past record, but Pam did, serving in prison twice for drug-related crimes. Pam: (crying) I was stupid, naive, I didn't know, you know." Tulsa Police say they found more meth and marijuana inside the house, Pam says she hadn't seen it when she went inside.
Lori Fullbright: "It sounds bad, known drug house, 4 AM, drugs in the house and on you." Pam: "But, it wasn't like that."
Pam hopes a judge will look at her accomplishments of the past two years, holding a good a job, studying to become a drug counselor, but worries the judge will see only her past and send her back to prison. Pam: "When they pulled out the drugs, I was just floored, I'd never seen that many at one time together. I know it looks bad, but, what can you say?"
Pam says she asked the officers to give her a drug test to prove she wasn't using, but she says they refused. From their standpoint, she wasn't arrested for using, she was arrested for possession.
Her first court date is March 1st.