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Search warrant leads to drug arrest

Monday, October 3, 2022 - The Sequoyah County sheriff’s office executed a narcotics search warrant Sept. 16, which ended in the arrest of a Sallisaw woman on three charges.

Ciara Briseida Mejia, 27, was charged with the unlawful possession of a controlled drug with intent to distribute (methamphetamine), a felony; and two misdemeanor charges of possession of a controlled dangerous substance (fentanyl) and the unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia.

Deputies arrived at Mejia’s residence and detained her and secured the residence before conducting a search of the home.

In a kitchen cabinet, deputies discovered a Mountain Dew can with a large amount of crystalline residue on it. The cabinet also held a set of working digital scales as well as a pink cup that also contained a crystalline substance.

In another cabinet, deputies found a second pink cup with a similar residue inside. Law enforcement suspected the cups were used for dipping illegal narcotics from one bag over to another bag and then being weighed on the scale and prepared for sales.

In one of the bedrooms, a deputy found a Bud Light can that also had a crystalline residue on the bottom. In the bathroom, officers found a glass smoking device with crystalline residue and a box containing several sandwich bags.

In the back of the house, deputies found a black magnetic box containing a clear bag, which was consistent with the bags found in the bathroom. The crystalline substance was also detected on those bags.

In the living room, deputies found a clear plastic package containing five round, blue pills inside a wallet.

A search of Mejia turned up two clear bags containing the crystalline substance and a glass smoking device with residue.

Laura Brown, Staff Writer

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