A Sallisaw man was arrested Feb. 7 at his residence and charged with felony drug possession with intent to distribute.
Jason Lee Kerr, 45, faces imprisonment for up to five years and a fine of up to $20,000 on the charge, according to a police report.
On Feb. 7, a Sallisaw police officer spotted a Chrysler 200 drive past a stop sign at Redwood Avenue. The officer could see a handicapped placard hanging from the car’s rear-view mirror. Knowing that such placards clearly state that the permit should be removed before driving, the officer was prompted to initiate a traffic stop.
The vehicle pulled into a driveway on Redwood and stopped. When the officer contacted Kerr, he noticed a plastic baggie sticking out of his jacket pocket. When asked for his driver’s license and proof of insurance, a nervous Kerr handed the officer his license with visibly trembling hands.
The officer’s report notes that he had known Kerr for several years and had never seen him act in such a manner.
Kerr exited the vehicle with his hand in his jacket pocket. The officer asked him to remove his hand and when he did, the plastic baggie became more visible and the officer could see that it contained a white, crystalline substance. Kerr was then arrested.
At the police department, a search uncovered $300 in small bills in the front of Kerr’s Carhartt overalls. The officer noted that the small bills were consistent with drug proceeds from selling small amounts. The baggie Kerr had in his jacket pocket weighed 14.85 grams, which is a larger amount than is common for personal use. A field test was positive for methamphetamine. The drugs were sent to the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation for further testing.
Kerr’s bond was set at $2,500. His next court appearance will be at 9 a.m. March 4.
Laura Brown, KXMX Staff Writer
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