An Aug. 26 traffic stop in Sallisaw led to a felony drug charge for a Shady Point woman. She also faces four misdemeanor charges.
Stacy Lea Evans, 37, was charged with unlawful possession of a controlled drug with intent to distribute, a felony, and misdemeanor counts of possession of a controlled dangerous substance, unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia, resisting an officer and obstructing an officer.
Evans was stopped at the intersection of Kerr Boulevard and Ruth Street after a Sallisaw police officer noticed that the Ford sport-utility vehicle she was driving had no license plate.
When the officer activated his lights, Evans reportedly pulled into the McDonald’s parking lot on Kerr. The officer encountered two women inside the vehicle, Evans, who was driving, and Wanda Little.
A records check revealed that Little had a valid arrest warrant out of Sequoyah County. When the officer asked her to exit the SUV, Little delayed. The officer then reportedly saw Little pull out an oddly folded dollar bill and try to lay it in a small compartment under the car radio. The dollar bill contained a white-colored crystal substance, which tested positive for methamphetamine.
Another officer reportedly smelled marijuana coming from the car and asked Evans to exit the vehicle. A police lieutenant saw Evans trying to put something inside her pants, but further attempts to get her out of the vehicle failed, prompting officers to cite Evans for obstructing an officer.
Once out of the SUV, a search of Evans uncovered about $750 in cash, along with a clear plastic bag with a white-colored crystal-like substance that later field-tested positive for meth.
A further search of the vehicle turned up a cardboard box that contained contained more than 100 clear plastic baggies. Officers also found an empty box of digital scales and 13 baggies with a substance inside that smelled like marijuana.
Little told law enforcement that the drugs were not hers. When asked, Evans told officers that it was medical marijuana. She said she had a transport license on her cell phone, but was never able to provide officers with it.
Once at the Sallisaw City Jail, Evans told police that the meth officers found was actually Little’s and that Little had thrown it at her when the police officer initiated the traffic stop.
Evans refused to take a drug test because she reportedly doesn’t “have to use” meth, telling officers that her prescription for Adderall would make her test positive for the drug anyway.
When asked about the suspected marijuana found in the SUV, Evans again said she worked for a medical marijuana dispensary, but when asked which one, Evans refused to answer. Evans told officers that the substances found in the SUV were for cancer patients, adding that the marijuana had some type of oil or wax on the bud, commonly known as moon rocks.
After the arrests, the officer contacted Will Cosner, the Sequoyah County assistant district attorney, who said Evans was supposed to be wearing an ankle monitor as a condition of her bond in LeFlore County. Evans was not wearing the monitor when she was arrested.
Evans was convicted in Sebastian County in June 2018 of breaking or entering, attempted interference with court-ordered custody, theft of property and first-degree assault on a family/household member.
Evans’ current felony charge is punishable by imprisonment in the Department of Corrections for up to five years and a fine of up to $20,000.
The misdemeanor drug possession charge and the paraphernalia charge each carry a prison term of no more than one year and a fine not more than $1,000. The misdemeanor charges of resisting an officer and obstructing an officer are both punishable by up to one year in prison and fines of up to $500.
Laura Brown, KXMX Staff Writer
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