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Muldrow man faces drug charges following traffic stop

Thursday, November 2, 2023 - A Muldrow man was charged Oct. 24 with trafficking in illegal drugs (methamphetamine), a law enforcement report indicates.

Zera H. Patterson IV, 48, could face up to 20 years in prison and a $25,000 fine. He was also charged with two misdemeanors: Possession of a controlled dangerous substance and unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia.

On Oct. 21, a Sequoyah County sheriff’s deputy was on patrol when he spotted a black GMC Envoy

traveling south on Highway 101. When the vehicle got to the intersection of 4750 Road and Highway

101, the deputy saw that the vehicle didn’t have a license plate, and he made a traffic stop.

The deputy spoke with the driver, later identified as Patterson. Patterson did not have a driver’s license.

While speaking to Patterson, the deputy reported that he was visibly nervous, with hands shaking and had labored breathing.

When the driver exited the vehicle, the deputy conducted a “free air sniff” and deployed K9 officer Taz,

who alerted on all four doors of the GMC.

Patterson admitted that there was marijuana in the back seat and methamphetamine in the vehicle as well.

The deputy located two baggies of a crystalline substance in the back passenger floor and a plastic bag containing a green, leafy substance under the back seat and a plastic container holding the same green substance.

Without being questioned, Patterson stated that he was only trying to make some money to pay for his

vehicle registration and that was why he was in possession of the drugs.

He was subsequently arrested and transported to the Sequoyah County sheriff’s office.

The deputy weighed the two Ziploc baggies holding the green substance, which combined was 21.8 grams. A field test on the crystal-like substance was positive for the presence of meth. The green

substance was also positively identified as marijuana.

Patterson was then transported to the Sequoyah County detention center.

Laura Brown, KXMX Staff Writer

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