Tuesday, May 10, 2022 - A Muldrow woman pleaded not guilty April 27 to several drug charges, records indicate.
Donna Lawson, 48, was charged with the unlawful possession of a controlled drug with intent to distribute, a felony punishable by up to five years in the Department of Corrections and a fine of up to $20,000. She was also charged with possession of a controlled dangerous substance and unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia, both misdemeanors.
According to a probable cause affidavit filed in the case, on April 21, a Sequoyah County sheriff’s deputy was on patrol on U.S. Highway 64 just south of Interstate 40 when he observed a black sedan with no tag light make a right turn onto the eastbound I-40 ramp without using a turn signal, leading to a traffic stop.
The driver, Odell Lawson, provided officers with his driver’s license and insurance information, but his license proved to be invalid.
Lawson was told he would be given a written warning for not having the proper license, so officers approached the passenger, Donna Lawson, to see if she had a valid license to drive the vehicle home.
Odell Lawson replied no when asked if there was anything illegal in the car and he gave officers permission to search it.
A pink makeup bag found under the passenger seat contained four containers of marijuana and a set of digital scales. Officers also located a bag filled with a white, crystalline substance, a glass smoking device and several loose plastic bags.
Odell Lawson admitted the drugs were his and he was detained, but Donna Lawson stated that the marijuana actually belonged to her. She denied knowing methamphetamine was in the car.
Because of the conflicting claims of ownership, deputies arrested the couple.
Andrea Adams, Staff Writer
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