Monday, August 26, 2019

Marble City Man Charged After Guns Found in Vehicle

A Marble City man is facing a firearms possession charge after an Aug. 12 traffic stop.

Records show that Manuel Richard Daugherty Jr., 39, was arrested in rural Sallisaw after a Sequoyah County Sheriff’s deputy noticed that the paper tag on the vehicle had an expiration date that had been altered.

Initiating a traffic stop, the deputy spoke to Daugherty, and the man told the deputy that he didn’t have a driver’s license, but had an Oklahoma ID card. The officer detected the smell of alcohol on the man, who told the deputy that he had had a couple of beers earlier in the day.

A records search showed that Daugherty’s driver’s license was suspended.

Daugherty told the officer that there were no open containers of alcohol in the vehicle, but volunteered that he did have two guns in the car. A subsequent search of the vehicle turned up a loaded camo-colored Hi-Point 9mm pistol in the front seat and a loaded Ruger 223 bolt-action rifle in the back seat.

The search also uncovered a glass smoking pipe in the glove box. The pipe had a burned residue inside it, which tested positive for methamphetamine. A THC cartridge was also found in the car.

Daugherty and his passenger, Barbara Morse, were arrested and transported to the Sequoyah County Jail. Morse was charged with possession of drug paraphernalia after telling police the THC cartridge belonged to her, but that she did not have an Oklahoma medical marijuana card.

Daugherty was booked into jail for possession of a firearm after a former felony conviction, possession of a loaded firearm and driving under a suspended license.

Records show that Daugherty was convicted in Sequoyah County District Court in 2001 of possession of a controlled drug and possession of marijuana. He was also convicted in 2005 of assault and battery on a police officer. He was also convicted on another possession of a controlled substance charge and of driving under the influence of drugs in 2016. Also in 2016, Daugherty was convicted of possession of a firearm after former felony conviction.

Daugherty’s current charges carry penalties of up to 10 years in prison for gun possession. The suspended driver’s license is punishable by a fine of up to $500, imprisonment for up to one year, or both.

Daugherty was also charged with failing to register a vehicle within 30 days of purchase, which is punishable by a fine of up to $100.

He was released on $12,000 bond.

Laura Brown, KXMX Staff Writer

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