Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Undercover Operation Results in Arrest

An undercover operation resulted in the arrest of a 46-year-old Sallisaw man Friday.

Gregory Scott Copeland was taken into custody after he allegedly sold marijuana to a “cooperating individual” accompanied by an undercover officer at about 11:35 p.m. Friday, the police report indicates. Copeland was charged Tuesday in Sequoyah County District Court with distributing a controlled, dangerous substance within 2,000 feet of a park or school, a felony, and two misdemeanor counts of possession of a controlled dangerous substance and unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia.

According to the police report, the undercover officer with the “cooperating individual” contacted Copeland via text about buying marijuana, and were told “yea,” via text from Copeland.

Upon arriving at Copeland’s home, according to the report, the police had set up a code word to indicate a buy had been made. When the “cooperating individual” bought and received two bags of marijuana from the suspect, the code word went out and other arresting officers arrived at the residence.

A search of the suspect’s clothing resulted in the confiscation of five more clear plastic bags of green leafy substance that field tested positive a marijuana, and a bag of white substance that field tested positive for methamphetamine. A search of the home uncovered a set of digital working scales.

Copeland’s arrest was within 2,000 feet of an athletic field.

Sally Maxwell, Senior News Director

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