Tuesday, September 10, 2019

Sallisaw Women Arrested on Drug, Neglect Charges

Two Sallisaw women are facing drug and child neglect charges, according to a police report filed Sept. 4.

Records show that Klysta Sartin, 29, and Colleen Sartin, 53, were both charged with unlawful possession of a controlled drug with intent to distribute, a felony. The two were also charged with felony child neglect and misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia.

On Aug. 22, Sallisaw Police Department officers arrived at a trailer at 825 S Kerr to execute a narcotics search warrant. When they got there, a woman later identified as Klysta Sartin was placed in handcuffs. Officers then announced themselves at the door, and since the door was unlocked, they entered the residence.

Upon entering, officers encountered a little boy sitting on a bed in the living room. Klysta Sartin and a man who had arrived at the home as officers entered, along with the 4-year-old child, were transported to the SPD.

A search of a bedroom in the home turned up a green bag containing syringes, a clear baggie with a white, powdery residue inside it and a metal grinder containing a green, leafy substance.

As the search continued in the kitchen officers found a gray and orange bag containing two glass smoking devices with a burned residue, a set of digital scales with white powder on them, a bunch of empty baggies and a clear baggie with a purple container containing a crystalline substance.

In the living room, officers discovered a silver purse that contained a clear baggie with a green pill inside it, along with a pill bottle bearing the name Colleen Sartin and holding pills and a white, powdery residue.

Under the bed where the child was sitting, officers found a clear baggie containing four white pills.

On the porch, officers located a cell phone belonging to Klysta Sartin. A text message from someone wanting pills was reportedly on the phone’s screen when officers examined it.

A worker with the Department of Human Services took the child to stay with another family member. The women were charged with child neglect because officers found the boy in a residence with drugs readily available.

Back at the police department, Colleen Sartin arrived for an interview. She said she was unaware that the drugs confiscated from the home were even there. The woman then told officers that her daughter, Amanda Sartin, had a drug problem. 

When officers made contact with Amanda Sartin, she told officers everything found in the home belonged to her and that she uses marijuana and methamphetamine. She told officers she was going to go to rehabilitation.

All the drugs were sent to the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation for further testing. Nothing was tested in the field because of the possibility it was Fentanyl.

Klysta Sartin’s bail was set at $2,500. She appeared in court Sept. 4.

The unlawful possession of a controlled drug with intent to distribute is punishable by imprisonment in the Department of Corrections for up to five years and a fine of up to $20,000. The punishment for child neglect is imprisonment in the Department of Corrections or in the county jail for up to a year, a fine of up to $1,000, or both. The drug possession charge is punishable by up to one year in prison, a fine of up to $1,000 or both.

Laura Brown, KXMX Staff Writer

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