A Sallisaw man was arrested Aug. 17 and charged with grand larceny, a felony that carries a punishment of up to a year in the county jail or a fine of up to $1,000 or both.
Samuel Wayne Elk, 28, was arrested at Mile Marker 307 on Interstate 40 in Sallisaw.
On Aug. 17, an Oklahoma Highway Patrol trooper parked in the median to watch eastbound traffic spotted a vehicle in which the driver was not wearing his seatbelt, prompting the trooper to initiate a traffic stop.
The trooper approached the passenger’s side of the vehicle and he detected a faint odor of marijuana coming from inside it.
Elk provided his driver’s license and proof of insurance, along with his medical marijuana card. When Elk showed his marijuana card, the trooper spotted a box of Winchester pistol shells and what appeared to be a holster under the vehicle’s center console. The trooper grabbed the pistol and asked Elk if it was loaded and whether he had a permit to carry the gun and he answered “no” to both.
When the trooper took the pistol to his cruiser to run the serial number, he discovered that the gun had been stolen in North Carolina. Elk was them placed under arrest.
His bond was set at $3,000 and his next court appearance is Wednesday, Aug. 26, at 1:30 p.m.
Laura Brown, KXMX Staff Writer
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