Monday, August 29, 2016

Woman Accused of Drug Trafficking

An Ohio woman faces a trafficking in illegal drugs charge in Sequoyah County District Court, Sallisaw, after she was found with about 30 pounds of marijuana in her vehicle on Interstate 40, according to the charges.

Jeri Jo Harper, 43, of Delaware, Ohio, was arrested Aug. 9 after she was stopped for speeding by an Oklahoma Highway Patrol trooper.

In the report filed with the charge, the trooper said Harper was traveling east at 76 miles per hour in a 70 miles per hour zone. He stopped the car at the 299 mile marker, and reported Harper appeared nervous.

Harper denied his request to search her car, so the trooper deployed his service dog to conduct a free-air sniff of the car’s exterior. The dog alerted to the odor of drugs, and a search of the car revealed two large duffle bags in the trunk. The trooper reported he found in the bags numerous sealed bundles of a green, leafy substance that later field-tested as marijuana. The bundles weighed a total of about 30 pounds, he reported.

Harper was arrested and booked into the Sequoyah County Detention Center in Sallisaw. She was charged Aug. 17 in district court, and entered a not guilty plea to the charge. She was released Aug. 17 on a $26,000 bond. Harper’s next court appearance is set for 9 a.m. Sept. 28 on Associate District Judge Kyle Waters disposition docket.

Sally Maxwell, Senior News Director

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