Monday, February 10, 2020

Man Arrested on Outstanding Warrants; Charged with Bringing Contraband Into Jail

A man pleaded not guilty Feb. 5 to a felony charge after he allegedly brought methamphetamine into the Sallisaw City Jail.

Records show that Zackary David Wooten, 26, was charged with bringing contraband into a jail/penal facility, which is punishable by imprisonment in the State Penitentiary for up to five years, and/or a fine of up to $1,000.

On Jan. 29, an arrest report reveals, a Sallisaw police officer spotted a man walking north on Hickory Street, then saw him turn west on Chickasaw Avenue. The man suddenly turned around and walked back to Hickory when he saw the officer nearby. 

The officer followed the man, who later identified himself as Wooten. Wooten, who appeared nervous, told the officer he was going to a friend’s house. When asked if he had anything on him that he shouldn’t have, Wooten said he had a BB gun in his pants. The officer found a black and gray BB automatic pistol on Wooten, along with an orange rubber band commonly used as a tourniquet by illegal drug users. 

A check with dispatch revealed that Wooten had several outstanding Sequoyah County warrants and he was subsequently arrested.

During the booking process at the jail, a detention officer searching Wooten discovered an aluminum pill container hidden inside an orange flashlight. The pill container had a white, crystalline substance inside it and it also contained one round, white pill. The white substance field-tested positive for meth. The drugs were sent to the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation for further testing.

His bond was set at $50,000 and his next court appearance is scheduled for 9 a.m. March 11.

Laura Brown, KXMX Staff Writer

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