Thursday, May 28, 2020

Sallisaw Man Charged with Firearm Possession

A Sallisaw man was arrested and charged May 27 with possession of a firearm after former felony conviction, a felony punishable by up to 10 years in prison.

Mark Alan Busby, 35, was arrested after a traffic stop at the intersection of South Kerr Boulevard and Drake Street.

On May 27 at 12:20 a.m., a Sallisaw police officer was on patrol at the intersection when he spotted a vehicle without a license plate. He then initiated a traffic stop.

Before the officer exited his vehicle, he noticed that the truck wasn’t in Park, but was instead in Reverse. As the truck began backing up, the officer had to quickly reverse his patrol car and slam on the accelerator to avoid getting hit. The truck then stopped and the driver put it in Park.

When the officer made contact with the vehicle, he could smell a strong odor of marijuana coming from inside it. He also spotted a green, leafy substance on the shirt of the driver, Kimberly Jordan. Busby and another passenger were also inside the vehicle.

A search of the vehicle turned up a marijuana pipe in Busby’s possession and officers also located a 9mm pistol in his backpack. Officers also found a blue container of a green, leafy substance inside the vehicle’s glove box.

A look at Busby’s criminal history revealed that he was a convicted felon and he was subsequently arrested without incident. Busby had been convicted of domestic assault and battery by strangulation in Sequoyah County in August 2019.

Laura Brown, KXMX Staff Writer

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