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Roland man charged with drug, gun counts

Wednesday, Sept. 22, 2021 - A Roland man was charged Sept. 8 with the possession of a firearm after a former felony conviction, according to court records.

Perry Lee Jackson Jr., 44, could face up to 10 years in prison if he is convicted. He was also charged with possession of a controlled dangerous substance, a misdemeanor punishable by up to one year in prison and a fine of up to $1,000.

On Sept. 3, a Roland police officer was on patrol when he saw a red Dodge traveling eastbound on U.S. Highway 64. As the car moved into the turn lane to turn north onto Roland Road, the officer noticed the car had a brake light out. It also had several items hanging from the rear-view mirror, causing an obstructed field of vision, prompting the officer to initiate a traffic stop as the vehicle turned into the parking lot of the corner store at the intersection of Roland Road and Highway 64.

The officer made contact with Jackson, the driver, who told him his license was suspended. Jackson also handed the officer an expired insurance verification card. While he was standing on the passenger's side of the Dodge, the officer detected the strong odor of marijuana coming from the car. When asked about the odor, Jackson said there might be some marijuana roaches in the vehicle's ashtray.

A search of the vehicle also revealed a plastic baggie with a white to clear, crystal-like substance inside a cigarette pack that was found in a fanny pack Jackson was wearing when the car was stopped. A clear glass smoking device was located in a brown paper sack behind the car's center console, and a black and white AR-15 assault rifle in a camouflage backpack was discovered under the back seat. The rifle was in two pieces, but it was designed to be put back together quickly for easy use. The camouflage bag also contained a magazine loaded with .223 bullets. Also in the back seat, officers found a bulletproof vest wrapped in a hoodie. Jackson told police he had traded his motorcycle for the AR-15 because he wanted to protect his family.

The crystal-like substance later tested positive for the presence of methamphetamine.

Jackson was arrested and transported to the Sequoyah County Detention Center.

He was previously convicted of theft of property in Saline County, Ark., in April 2019

Laura Brown, KXMX Staff Writer

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