Wednesday, June 24, 2020

Sallisaw Man Charged with Drug Possession

A Sallisaw man’s bond was set at $7,500 for the unlawful possession of a controlled drug with intent to distribute, a felony.

James Dean Johnson, 60, faces up to five years in the Department of Corrections and a fine of up to $20,000 on that charge. He also faces up to a year in prison on a charge of attempting to elude a police officer, a misdemeanor.

On June 14, a Sequoyah County Sheriff’s deputy was on patrol when he spotted a gray Chevrolet Equinox that turned south on 4640 Road and accelerated, going around a white SUV and traveling so fast that when it crossed the railroad tracks all four tires left the pavement. The deputy initiated a traffic stop.

After a short pursuit, the driver pulled over. When the driver exited the vehicle, under his right leg were multiple clear, plastic bags, which contained an off-white crystal-like substance. The driver, Johnson, was arrested.

A search of the Equinox turned up six of the plastic bags, all holding different amounts of the drug, which field-tested positive for methamphetamine.

Johnson was transported to the Sequoyah County Jail.

Laura Brown, KXMX Staff Writer

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