Friday, September 22, 2017

Tennessee Men Face Drug Charges

Two men from Tennessee were arrested and charged on Sept. 19 in Sequoyah County District Court, Sallisaw, with unlawful possession of a controlled drug with intent to distribute and a misdemeanor count of unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia.

Rigoberto Santiago, 26, and Donald Eugene Caldwell, also 26, were arrested Sept. 11 just off Interstate 40 in Vian after an unspecified amount of marijuana was found in the vehicle Santiago was driving.

Both men presented identifications that did not list home towns.

The officer, with the District 27 Drug Task Force, reported he saw a gray car traveling east on Interstate 40 at about 10 a.m. on Sept. 11, but when he tried to stop the car for making a lane change without signaling, the driver left I-40 at the Vian exit and traveled another quarter mile before stopping.

The driver, Santiago, apologized to the officer and said he “was almost out of gas,” according to the officer’s report.

The officer reported Santiago admitted he and his passenger, Caldwell, smoked “weed” about two hours before he was stopped. Because of the admission the officer said he was able to search the vehicle where he found a plastic container holding a green, leafy substance, two large vacuum-sealed bags with several containers of green leafy substance, a vacuum heat sealer, plastic sealer wrap, and plastic bags.

The officer reported Santiago admitted he drove to Colorado to buy marijuana which he was taking to Tennessee to sell.

Caldwell denied the allegations, and refused to talk without an attorney.

Both men were booked into the county jail, and have $11,000 appearance bonds each.

The car was impounded for possible forfeiture, according to the report.

Sally Maxwell, Senior News Director

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