A 34-year-old Memphis man was charged in Sequoyah County District Court, Sallisaw, with unlawful possession of a controlled, dangerous substance with intent to distribute after fives bundles of alleged marijuana, weighing over 10 pounds, was found in his vehicle.
Lorenza D. Bates was charged Aug. 15 with unlawful possession of a controlled drug and of drug paraphernalia. He entered a not guilty plea, and was released on Aug. 10 on a $10,000 bond.
According to the arresting Oklahoma Highway Patrol trooper’s report, filed with the charges, Bates was stopped Aug. 9 near the 301 mile marker on Interstate 40 for speeding. Bates was driving a 2017 Nissan Sentra. The trooper reported smelling marijuana during the stop, and asked to search the vehicle. Bates gave his permission, and the trooper found the bundled marijuana in the vehicle’s trunk.
Bates' next court appearance is on Oct. 17 on Associate District Judge Kyle Waters felony disposition docket.
Sally Maxwell, Senior News Director
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