Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Officer Travis Ludwig Arrest on Drug Charges

A Tulsa police officer is free on bond after his arrest on drug complaints Tuesday night.

Police arrested 37-year-old Travis K. Ludwig at his home Tuesday evening. According to the arrest and booking report, police obtained several search reports and that those search warrants turned up three bags of a tannish-white substance, drug scales and money.

The report says the substance field-tested positive for cocaine.

Today, we spoke with Ludwig's attorney, Scott Wood, who says his client is innocent.

"Travis Ludwig is not a drug dealer," Wood said. "He abhors drug dealers and is not guilty of any criminal wrongdoing in this matter."

Police say they learned of the alleged drug dealing during an internal administrative investigation into Ludwig. We're told he has now been suspended until the investigation is complete.

He posted $10,000 bond and was released at 2:47 a.m. Wednesday.

In January 2006, Ludwig was disciplined by the Police Department for his relationship with a married exotic dancer.

He reportedly told the woman not to cooperate with an Internal Affairs investigation into the matter, according to documents that are part of a federal civil rights lawsuit filed by the woman's husband.

In tape-recorded conversations and depositions, Ludwig urged the woman, Crystal Garr, not to talk to Tulsa Police Department Internal Affairs officers investigating him.

In 2005 Ludwig conducted a search of Garr's husband's house that resulted in drug charges against the man, Shannon Coyle.

Those charges have since been dropped.

Records show that Ludwig and Crystal Garr married in June 2009.

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