Wednesday, March 23, 2022 - A Sallisaw man was charged March 16 with the unlawful possession of a controlled drug with intent to distribute, a felony, court records show.
Billy Rae Chambers, 50, faces up to five years in prison and a fine of up to $20,000. He was also charged with possession of a controlled dangerous substance and possession of drug paraphernalia, both misdemeanors.
According to a police report, on March 11, a Sequoyah County sheriff’s deputy was patrolling on East 1050 Road when he watched a vehicle cross the center line of the road twice, prompting him to conduct a traffic stop.
When the car stopped, a female passenger got out of the vehicle and was ordered to wait at the front of the deputy’s patrol unit. Chambers, the driver, said he was trying to avoid potholes in the road.
Asked if he had anything illegal in the car, Chambers said no, but he refused a request to search the vehicle, telling the deputy the car wasn’t his.
A glance inside the vehicle revealed a marijuana container in plain sight. Chambers said the container did not belong to him and leaned over and picked up the container and handed it to the deputy.
The female also said she didn’t know who the marijuana container belonged to. Chambers then asked her if she would claim the marijuana and offered to bail her out of jail. The woman did not respond, and Chambers was instructed to exit the car while a vehicle search was conducted.
During the search, the deputy found a pair of gloves with four small plastic bags inside them, three of which held a white crystalline substance later determined to be 18 grams of methamphetamine. The officers also discovered another container with a green, leafy substance inside it and a small metal pipe.
Andrea Adams, Staff Writer
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