Monday, January 16, 2017

Four Charged After Undercover Drug Investigation


An undercover drug investigation in October by the Sequoyah County Sheriff’s Department resulted in a flurry of drug-related charges last week in Sequoyah County District Court, Sallisaw.

Those charged in the first case, on Jan. 10, include Brooke Ashley Byrd, 30, of Sallisaw. She is charged with distribution of a controlled dangerous substance and possession with intent to distribute.

Jeremy John Batt, 37, of Sallisaw was charged Jan. 10 with distribution of a controlled dangerous substance.

In a second case, Tamera Beth Young, 33, of Vian was charged on Jan. 10 with distribution of a controlled dangerous substance and possession with intent to distribute.

In a third case Penny Michelle Thomas, 45, of Sallisaw was also charged on Jan. 10 with distribution of controlled dangerous substance and possession with intent to distribute.

According to the investigators’ reports filed with the charges, on Oct. 3 an informant was able to purchase a half gram of a substance that tested positive for methamphetamine from Byrd at her residence in Sallisaw and from Young at her residence in Vian.

On Oct. 25 an informant purchased a half gram of a substance which tested positive as methamphetamine from Thomas at her residence in Sallisaw.

According to court records, a bench warrant was issued Thursday for Bryd’s arrest and her bond was set at $10,000. A bench warrant was also issued for Batt, but no bond was listed.

A bench warrant was also issued Thursday for Young, and her bond was set at $10,000. 

Thomas was arrested and released on a $10,000 bond. She entered a not guilty plea to the charges Friday, and her next court appearance will be March 1 on Associate District Judge Kyle Waters’ disposition docket.



Sally Maxwell, Senior News Director

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