A drug suspect, who allegedly tried throwing drugs out his vehicle’s window as he drove through Roland, entered a not guilty plea to charges on Sept. 19 in Sequoyah County District Court, Sallisaw.
Christopher Franklin Murray, 31, of Van Buren was released on a $25,000 bond on Sept. 19, according to court records. He was charged in district court on Sept. 18 with a felony count of unlawful possession of a controlled drug with intent to distribute and a misdemeanor count of unlawful possession of paraphernalia.
Murray, who is identified as Murphy in the Roland police officer’s report, was arrested at about 2:46 a.m. on Sept. 14 in Roland. The officer reports he attempted to stop Murray, who was driving a white Chevrolet Tahoe west on U.S. Highway 64, for a non-working brake light.
But, according to the report filed with the charges, Murray continued driving slowly west, and would then pull over to the right. The officer reported he saw two objects thrown from the passenger’s front window. Officers later found one of the objects was a plastic bag containing 15.3 grams of a substance that tested positive as methamphetamine. They were unable to find the second object, believed to be another plastic bag.
According to the report, Murray later admitted he threw the objects out of his vehicle, and also tried to throw out a smoking pipe but it bounced back into the vehicle and was found in his pocket.
Murray’s next court appearance is set for Oct. 17 on the felony disposition docket.
Sally Maxwell, Senior News Director
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