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Alleged shoplifting ends in felony contraband charge

Niki Lynn Rowe

Tuesday, February 14, 2023 - A Sallisaw woman accused of shoplifting at Walmart was arrested Feb. 1 after it was discovered that she had an outstanding arrest warrant, court records show. But she compounded her problems by refusing to admit to having drugs on her before entering the Sequoyah County jail.

Niki Lynn Rowe, 37, was charged with the felony of bringing contraband (methamphetamine) into a jail facility, which is punishable by up to five years in the State Penitentiary. She was also charged with possession of a controlled dangerous substance (marijuana) and unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia, all misdemeanors.

On Feb. 1, a Sallisaw police officer was dispatched to Walmart in reference to a female that the store’s loss prevention staff wanted removed from the property for alleged shoplifting.

A background check revealed that Rowe had an active Sequoyah County arrest warrant, which led the officer to arrest her. But when asked several times if she had anything illegal on her before entering the jail, Rowe denied carrying any contraband.

Once at the police department, Rowe was asked again if she had anything illegal in her bag, and again, she said no.

A search of Rowe’s purse revealed a brown zippered bag containing two spoons with white residue, a used syringe and a green plastic bottle containing a green, leafy substance. A metal container was located in the pocket of Rowe’s jacket that held four yellow pills, which were later identified as 30 mg amphetamine and dextroamphetamine.

Laura Brown, Staff Writer

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