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Roland traffic stop leads to arrest and drug charges

Monday, October 2, 2023 - A traffic stop Sept. 15 led to the arrest of two 47-year-olds on drug charges, police records show.

Victoria Marie Williams (above), 47, of Roland, was charged with unlawful possession of a controlled drug with intent to distribute and unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia.

James Daniel Murphy III (not pictured), also 47 and from Roland was charged with unlawful possession of a controlled drug with intent to distribute and possession of a firearm after former felony conviction, both felonies. He was also charged with unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia, a misdemeanor.

According to records, on Sept. 15, a Roland police officer who was patrolling on Mayfield Street spotted a green pickup traveling in front of him. When the truck approached the intersection of Mayfield and Main Street, it traveled past the stop sign and then stopped in the southbound lane of Main Street before it stopped, prompting the officer to initiate a traffic stop, but the truck continued south and came to a stop in a parking lot at the intersection of Main and West Dorcus streets.

While the officer was speaking to Murphy and Williams, he noticed that the man was sweating, his breathing was rapid and his hands were shaking. The officer also noted the scent of marijuana coming from the vehicle.

A check with dispatch revealed that Williams had a possible felony warrant for unpaid fines in Sequoyah County.

The officer returned to the truck and asked Williams and Murphy if there was anything illegal inside the vehicle, at which point Murphy looked down at the vehicle’s center console, then opened the glove box, which reportedly had plastic containers of marijuana.

Murphy then handed the officer a medical marijuana card in his name.

In a search of the truck, the officer found several more plastic containers containing a green, leafy substance believed to be marijuana, and a gray backpack on the back seat held a black cloth bag with a baggie inside.

According to the police report, the large baggie contained several smaller baggies, three syringes, two sandwich-size plastic baggies, scales and a black plastic container. Inside the black container, the officer found a white crystalline substance that he believed was methamphetamine.

The container also had another baggie with two red pills inside. The backpack also held a black and silver handgun, which had a full magazine and a bullet in the chamber.

Murphy and Williams were arrested and transported to the Sequoyah County Jail.

Laura Brown, KXMX Staff Writer

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