Two Muldrow men were arrested June 28 in Roland and charged with possession of a firearm after former felony conviction. The felony count carries a penalty of up to 10 years in prison.
Kelton Fay Chandler, 28, and Adam Wesley McCoin, 40, were also charged with altering a firearm’s serial number, a misdemeanor punishable by up to one year in prison. Chandler’s next court appearance is scheduled for 9 a.m. Aug. 17. McCoin was released on $7,500 bond.
According to a police report, on June 28, a Roland police officer was dispatched to the Interstate Inn in reference to a male subject who was causing a scene in the parking lot.
When the officer arrived at the motel, the reporting party told him the man went into Room 271. The officer knocked on that door, which was opened by McCoin. The strong smell of marijuana reportedly came from the room.
McCoin and Chandler were searched, and the officer found a small-caliber ammunition round inside Chandler’s pocket. Chandler said he had found the bullet in the room, but he later admitted there was a firearm hidden under the mattress.
When the officer went to clear the motel room, he discovered two more people, Dalana McGehee and Brian Sevenstar. A search of McGehee turned up two syringes, one with heroin in it. A green, leafy substance was on the table in the room as well. The officer retrieved the weapon, then cleared and secured it.
In an interview, Chandler said McGehee and Sevenstar were unaware the weapon was in the room. He said he panicked when the officer knocked on the door and hid the gun under the mattress.
Chandler said he had been staying at the Interstate Inn for several days and he admitted there was more marijuana in a suitcase in front of the bed. A further search of the room also turned up a bag containing several ammunition rounds in different calibers.
After finishing the search, McGehee and Sevenstar were released with citations for possession of marijuana and possession of Schedule I drugs. Chandler and McCoin were transported to the Sequoyah County Detention Center and because both were known to have felony convictions, they were booked on possession of a firearm after a felony conviction and altering or defacing a firearm’s serial number.
Laura Brown, KXMX Staff Writer
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