Tuesday, June 9, 2020

Sallisaw Man Pleads Not Guilty to Drug Charges

A Sallisaw man pleaded not guilty June 3 to a pair of drug charges and one charge for resisting an officer.

Ryan Wayne Flynn, also known as Morgan, 35, was charged May 29 with unlawful possession of a controlled drug with intent to distribute, a felony, and a misdemeanor count of unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia. 

Morgan faces up to five years in the Department of Corrections and a $20,000 fine on the felony charge. The misdemeanor drug count is punishable by up to a year in prison and a fine of up to $1,000, while resisting an officer is punishable by up to a year in prison and a fine of up to $500.

On May 29, a Sequoyah County Sheriff’s deputy was contacted by Sheriff Larry Lane about some illegal drug activity at the Sooner Liquor Store in Muldrow. Lane advised that he was contacted by the store’s owner, Jackie Hall, who asked law enforcement to do a consensual search of his business after he received information that Morgan, his employee, had possibly been manufacturing methamphetamine at the business.

Sheriff’s investigators went to the store and tried to meet with Morgan, and while they were searching the home, he walked from the store’s back room. Officers noted that he was sweating heavily and appeared nervous.

Officers searched the area where Morgan had come from. They discovered a loose white, crystalline substance on a shelf, along with a bowl containing an off-white crystalline substance. Both substances field-tested positive for meth.

When questioned by deputies, Morgan said, “If there is anything to do with methamphetamine in that room, it isn’t mine.” He stated that he had worked at the liquor store for 10 years and works every day. He also admitted to using meth two weeks earlier. Officers observed fresh injection marks on Morgan’s arm and arrested him.

During a further search of the liquor store, investigators discovered a bank bag with a plastic baggie that contained a white, powdery residue. A black box found in the stock room contained two glass smoking devices; a black, zipped bag contained another baggie weighing 13.8 grams. The box also held an unopened bag of small plastic baggies and several used hypodermic syringes. A trash can in the stock room held a box of digital weight scales, as well as more used needles and an empty can of acetone.

Morgan’s bond was set at $17,000. His next court appearance is set for 9 a.m. on July 8.

Laura Brown, KXMX Staff Writer

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