Wednesday, May 19, 2021 - A Sallisaw man was arrested May 5 and charged with the unlawful possession of a controlled drug with intent to distribute, according to court records.
Jeremy Wayne Shannon, 50, faces up to five years in prison and a fine of up to $20,000 if convicted. His next court appearance is scheduled for 9 a.m. June 9.
On May 5, a Sallisaw police officer was contacted by a Sequoyah County sheriff's deputy and informed that Shannon was staying at a Sallisaw hotel and possibly selling meth.
A check with dispatch revealed that Shannon had a confirmed warrant out of Muskogee and they had requested a hold on him, so local law enforcement officers decided to try to make contact with Shannon.
Two officers visited the motel clerk, who told them Shannon was staying in Room 231. They went to that room and knocked on the door. A man answered and identified himself as Shannon. He was informed that he had a warrant and complied when he was asked to step outside the room.
He admitted to using drugs recently but said there were no illicit substances or contraband in the motel room. Shannon allowed officers to search the room, but all they found was a cut straw with white residue on it in the drawer of a table next to the bed. A search of Shannon himself led to the discovery of a small plastic baggie containing a white, crystalline substance.
Shannon was then placed in handcuffs. Asked again if he had more drugs on him, Shannon said yes and took the officers back into his motel room. Back inside, he removed what looked like a D-cell battery from his pocket. It was not an actual battery. It had a compartment inside with a twist-off top. Inside the fake battery were seven plastic baggies. Six of the seven baggies contained a white, crystal-like substance.
Shannon was then escorted to the Sallisaw Police Department. Once there, he told police he had been selling methamphetamine for about two months. He was later transported to the Sequoyah County Jail.
Laura Brown, KXMX Staff Writer
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