Friday, February 21, 2020

Vian Man Pleads Not Guilty to Drug Charge

A Vian man pleaded not guilty Feb. 19 to a felony drug charge after his arrest Feb. 10 in Sallisaw.

Arland Dewayne Rowell, 60, was charged with unlawful possession of a controlled drug with intent to distribute, a felony punishable by imprisonment in the Department of Corrections for up to five years and a fine of up to $20,000.

According to an arrest report, a Sallisaw detective went to the area of 39 Redwood Drive to watch a suspected drug house.

While in the area, the detective watched a blue sport-utility vehicle sitting in the home’s driveway. The detective recognized the SUV as belonging to a resident of Marble City.

After sitting outside the home for about 10 minutes, the deputy spotted Rowell and another male walking out of the residence.

The other male left the residence in the SUV and Rowell began walking away from the home. When the detective pulled up to Rowell, he was holding a white knife in his left hand. Rowell said he had just found the knife and reportedly was having uncontrollable movements. 

The detective asked Rowell if he had anything illegal on him, to which Rowell said, “Yes, some syringes and just a little dope.” Rowell was asked to empty his pockets. He handed the detective a pair of black socks from his left jacket pocket. The socks contained syringes and a small amount of suspected methamphetamine. 

The detective also found a loaded syringe in Rowell’s front pocket. Back at the Police Department, officers looked into the syringe bag inside the socks and found two plastic baggies, one containing a large crystalline rock weighing about 8 grams. The rock tested positive for methamphetamine.

Rowell’s bond was set at $15,000. His next court appearance is scheduled for 9 a.m. April 8.

Laura Brown, KXMX Staff Writer

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