Wednesday, January 10, 2024 - A Sallisaw man is facing a charge of possession of a controlled drug with intent to distribute, a felony punishable by up to five years in prison and a fine of $20,000.
Randy Lee McDowell, 48, was also charged with two misdemeanors: possession of a controlled dangerous substance and unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia.
On Dec. 21, a Sequoyah County sheriff’s deputy on patrol witnessed a white Chrysler 300 that had items hanging from the rear-view mirror. The deputy stopped the vehicle in front of Central High School.
Inside the vehicle were McDowell, the driver, and a female passenger.
While speaking with the pair, the deputy noticed the smell of an intoxicating beverage coming from the vehicle.
The deputy asked McDowell to step outside the car and informed him of the suspicious odor. McDowell stated that he doesn’t drink, and when asked if the passenger had been drinking, he stated no, and that he was taking her to work.
Records indicate that McDowell gave the deputy permission to search his vehicle.
Multiple illegal items were discovered behind a car seat, the report states, including a bag containing a clear crystal-like substance.
McDowell was placed in custody and the female passenger was detained
The substance tested positive for methamphetamine and weighed 24.7 grams. A green, leafy substance also found in the car tested positive for marijuana and weighed 25.2 grams.
A further search of the Chrysler turned up a green cardboard box containing a green, leafy substance and multiple scales, and a pink pill was discovered under the car’s back seat. The pill field-tested positive for fentanyl. Deputies also located a magnetic plate mounted under the steering wheel that is designed to hold a handgun by placing a metal slide on it while inside the vehicle. Unfired ammunition was also found in the car.
The female passenger was released and McDowell was arrested.
Laura Brown, KXMX Staff Writer
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