A Sallisaw woman was charged this week with a felony charge of unlawful possession of controlled drug with intent to distribute and misdemeanor charges of unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia, resisting an officer, failure to signal on turning and speeding.
According to the report filed with the charges, Amber Elizabeth Cox, 41, of Sallisaw, was stopped by a Seqouoyah County Deputy for speeding and failing to signal on Feb. 8 in Muldrow. Cox exited her vehicle and was asked to provide her driver's license and insurance verification. The deputy was advised by dispatch that the license was valid but the insurance was expired and Cox had pending and previous drug cases on her record.
The deputy asked Cox if she had anything illegal in her vehicle to which she responded that she did not. When asked if she would consent to a search of the vehicle Cox refused to answer yes or no and reportedly became increasingly nervous.
A K9 officer was called to the scene and Cox was advised to step to the back of the vehicle to be patted down for weapons. After refusing to comply, Cox was advised she would be arrested if she continued to refuse. At this point Cox slammed some papers along with a small, white object on the hood of a nearby truck. The white object went over the hood and onto the ground.
The deputy then placed Cox against her vehicle and she began trying to pull away until she was able to pull a folded bill from the front of her pants, drop it to the ground and kick it under the vehicle. Cox was handcuffed and placed in the deputy's unit.
The white object was located and described as a "cut and melted straw which appeared to contain approximately a gram of a white crystal like substance suspected of being methamphetamine." The dropped bill was located and contained what also appeared to be methamphetamine. Cox denied that the items were hers. She was arrested for possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine due to the way the narcotics were packaged.
Cox was booked into the Sequoyah County Jail and later released on a $5,000 bond. Her next court appearance is slated for Feb. 20 on Judge Waters disposition docket.
KXMX News Staff
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