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Roland pair charged with drug trafficking

Monday, June 13, 2022 - A Roland man was charged June 1 with drug trafficking, second-degree forgery and grand larceny, court records show.

George Wesley Gaddy, 50, was also charged with the unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia.

According to a probable cause affidavit, Gaddy was arrested during a May 28 traffic stop in Sallisaw. He was a passenger in a Chevrolet HHR being driven by Kelly Sue Knight Sparks Ross, 54. Ross was also charged with drug trafficking and possession of drug paraphernalia.

The forgery and grand larceny charges arose from a May 17 case in which a Sallisaw police officer was dispatched to a Sallisaw hotel. When the officer arrived, he spoke with the motel owner who said that back in August 2021, two women he knows came to him with a man they identified as Gaddy. Gaddy reportedly asked the owner if he could pay the women’s motel bill with his government stimulus checks.

The total charge for both bills was $990 and the owner gave the change, $410 in cash, back to Gaddy. Gaddy endorsed the checks in the name of Cameron Redburn. Gandhi said his bank contacted him about four months later telling him the two checks were fraudulent.

Redburn, now a resident of Bolivar, Mo., had reported the missing checks to the U.S. Treasury Department.

According to a probable cause affidavit, on May 28, a Sequoyah County sheriff’s deputy saw a Chevrolet HHR traveling on North 4597 Road near 459621 E. 1110 Road. The vehicle failed to make a complete stop before entering the intersection, so the deputy initiated a traffic stop.

Because he had an outstanding warrant, Gaddy was detained. Ross was initially only going to receive a written warning and gave deputies permission to search the vehicle. In the car’s center console, deputies found four bottles of gabapentin. A small plastic bag with a white residue and a glass smoking device were also located.

During a more extensive search, officers discovered a red Tupperware container that held a white, crystalline substance. The suspected methamphetamine, which weighed 27.9 grams, was sent for further testing.

Ross said she knew the container was hidden in the vehicle, but said she was unaware of its actual contents.

Andrea Adams, Staff Writer

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