Friday, May 19, 2017

‘High Grade’ Marijuana Confiscated

Deputy Steven Jenkins, and K9 Joi, confiscated 260 pounds of “high grade” marijuana, most likely from California, off Interstate 40 on Thursday.

The transporter of the 260 pounds of marijuana, Keith Edmond Douglas, 64, of Kansas, was driving the RV above, also confiscated Thursday by a Sequoyah County Sheriff’s Deputy Steven Jenkins.

A traffic stop on Interstate 40 lead to the confiscation of 260 pounds of “high grade” marijuana and the arrest of a Kansas man, Sequoyah County Sheriff Larry Lane reported.

Lane said Keith Edmond Douglas, 64, was driving a RV camper east on Interstate 40 when he was stopped between Sallisaw and Vian by Deputy Steven Jenkins for a traffic violation. Jenkins’ K9, Joi, sniffed out the marijuana.

The marijuana has an estimated street value of $1 million, Lane said.

“This is not the Mexican Cartel marijuana,” Lane said. “That marijuana is worth about $600 a pound. This marijuana is worth $3,000 a pound.”

Lane said the “high grade” marijuana was probably from California. It will be sent to the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation for testing, then returned to the sheriff as evidence.

“We have a big evidence room,” Lane said.

Douglas was booked into the Sequoyah County Detention Center in Sallisaw for marijuana possession and drug trafficking. Douglas did not resist at the time of his arrest, Lane said. Lane said many older travelers agree to transport drugs for money, but do not do drugs themselves.

“We found no smoking devices” in the vehicle, Lane said. “I’m sure he was getting paid good money to transport this stuff.”

Lane added that Deputy Jenkins, on Wednesday, had stopped another vehicle on the interstate and confiscated 15 pounds of marijuana.

Sally Maxwell, Senior News Director

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