SW Okla. Police Chief Arrested On Drug Complaint

SNYDER, Okla. (AP) - A southwest Oklahoma police chief has been arrested on a methamphetamine possession complaint.

According to Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation officials, agents were helping look into possible dog poisonings in Kiowa County when they learned that Snyder Police Chief John Phipps may be using meth. Officials say agents discovered Phipps was in possession of the drug during an interview at the police department on Tuesday.

Phipps was arrested and taken to the detention facility in neighboring Jackson County. A jailer said Wednesday an initial court appearance hadn't been set, and records didn't indicate if Phipps had retained an attorney.

Snyder Mayor Stan Moddie said police officer Bill Lancaster was sworn in as acting police chief.

Moddie said officials are cooperating with the probe and he declined additional comment.