Three young men were charged Tuesday in Sequoyah County District Court in Sallisaw with 18 felony counts each of making false credit cards and misdemeanor counts of possession of a controlled dangerous substance and unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia.
The three suspects are Niko Gregory Clarke, 23, of Brooklyn, NY, Tayshon Andrew Allen, 22, of Douglasville, Ga., and Dexter Lenard Wright Sr., also of Douglasville.
According to the arresting officer’s report filed with the charges, a 2017 Dodge SUV was stopped on State Highway 82 in Vian for speeding. When the officer went to the vehicle he reported a strong odor of marijuana coming from the SUV. Allen was driving, Wright was the front seat passenger, and Clarke was the back seat passenger.
The officer searched the vehicle and found two small bags in the headliner above the front windshield. He reported one contained a green, leafy substance and the other contained 18 credit or gift cards, some of which were imprinted with the name Dexter Wright. The officer reported all three subjects denied knowledge of or ownership of the cards, which had been tampered with. Also found during the search were a laptop computer and a credit card reader.
Clarke was arraigned Wednesday and entered a not guilty plea. His next court appearance is set for Jan. 10 on Associate District Judge Kyle Waters Disposition Docket. Clarke was released Oct. 27 on a $5,000 bond.
Wright was released Oct. 26 on a $5,000 bond, and Allen was also released Oct. 26 on a $5,000 bond. Both were to be arraigned on Wednesday but the court record does not reveal their pleas.
Sally Maxwell, Senior News Director
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