Wednesday, October 18, 2023 - The Sequoyah County Sheriff's department has been hard at work investigating the illegal distribution of drugs and making arrests. One deputy in particular has made some large busts in the past month.
On Sept. 25, Deputy Irvin initiated a traffic stop, for multiple traffic violations, on Highway 64 near Roland. The driver of the vehicle identified himself as Jody Hull (above). When Deputy Irvin ran Hull's information, a possible matching warrant from Leflore County was indicated.
While waiting on the warrant confirmation, Deputy Irvin had obtained reasonable suspicion to ask the driver for consent to search the vehicle, which was denied. Deputy Irvin then called for assistance from one of the Sheriff’s K9 units and K-9 Deputy Steven Edwards came to the location.
The K-9 provided a positive alert for the presence of illegal narcotics. Upon searching the car, Deputy Irvin located a duffle bag that contained a large amount of white-crystalline substance that field tested positive for the presence of methamphetamine. The methamphetamine was found to weigh approximately 126 grams.
Deputies also discovered a glass smoking device and a loaded firearm. Upon running the serial numbers on the firearm, it was found to be stolen from Texas.
Mr. Hull was transported and booked on charges of trafficking methamphetamine, possession of drug paraphernalia, knowing concealing stolen property, possession of a loaded firearm in commission of a felony, as well as the outstanding warrant from Leflore County. Deputy Irvin was also assisted on the traffic stop and subsequent arrest by Deputy Hunter Hutchinson.
On Oct. 16, Sequoyah County sheriff’s deputies and investigators teamed up to execute a narcotics search warrant, that had been obtained by Deputy/Investigator Galen Irvin, after a lengthy investigation into the distribution of methamphetamines in the Sallisaw area. After securing the residence, officers began their search and located plastic baggies containing white crystalline substances that field tested positive for the presence of methamphetamine, baggies containing multiple pills, as well as digital scales, multiple clear plastic baggies, and used syringes.
Arrested from the residence were Daniel Massey and Kayla Bohannan (above). Both were charged with possession of CDS-Methamphetamine with intent to distribute, and possession of schedule three narcotics (suboxone) without a prescription.
“Deputy Irvin has been on a roll lately. He’s done a great job and has made numerous narcotics related arrests,” Sheriff Larry Lane stated. Deputy Irvin is also in the process of moving from patrol Deputy & Field training officer to a full time investigator position with the Sheriff’s Office. Deputy Irvin was assisted on the search warrant and arrests by Investigators Steven Jenkins, BR Rutherford and Dwayne Frizzell.
KXMX Staff Writer
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