A Sallisaw man was arrested for selling Oxycodone in Sallisaw on Feb. 16, and wasted no time in the Sequoyah County jail. He was charged in Sequoyah County District Court on Feb. 17, pleaded guilty to the charges on Wednesday and was sentenced to 11 years in prison and appropriate fines.
Kevin Wayne Sanders Jr., 27, was arrested during an undercover operation by the Sallisaw Police Department and the Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics (OBN).
In a press release OBN spokesman Mark Woodward said his agency received information in January that Kevin Wayne Sanders Jr. was distributing Oxycodone on the streets of Sallisaw. The OBN and Sallisaw Police began a joint undercover investigation targeting Sanders’ criminal activity.
Woodward said, “We were able to introduce an undercover OBN agent to Sanders who agreed to sell our agent about 15 Oxycodone tablets. On the afternoon of Feb. 16 our agent met Sanders in a business parking lot in Sallisaw and the agent bought 15 tablets of Oxycodone from the defendant. Shortly after the transaction, OBN and Sallisaw police officers arrested Sanders.”
Woodward said painkiller abuse is an epidemic in Oklahoma, and Oxycodone is one of the most popular prescription drugs being injected or smoked by opioid addicts. According to Woodward, Oxycodone pills can sell for as much as $20 to $60 per tablet on the streets.
Sanders remains in the county jail awaiting transport to a state prison facility.
According to court records, he was charged in district court on Feb. 17 with unlawful possession of a controlled drug with intent to distribute, possession of controlled dangerous substance, both felonies, and unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia, a misdemeanor.
Sanders entered a guilty plea to the charges on Wednesday (Feb. 25) before District Judge Jeff Payton who sentenced him to five years each on counts one and two, both felonies, and one year for the drug paraphernalia charge, a misdemeanor. According to the charges, fines could total as much as $26,000.
Court records indicate that Sanders has three prior convictions for possession of controlled dangerous substances, and two suspended sentences resulting from those convictions. The suspended sentences were revoked Wednesday.
Sally Maxwell, Senior News Director
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