A Vian man with an outstanding warrant was arrested July 30 and charged with the unlawful possession of a controlled drug with intent to distribute and possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony.
Jonathan Anderson, 36, was a passenger in a vehicle that was stopped by police at Kerr Boulevard and Tatham Street in Sallisaw.
The felony drug charge is punishable by up to five years in the Department of Corrections and a fine of up to $20,000. The penalty for the firearm felony is up to 10 years in prison. Anderson was also charged with two misdemeanors: possession of a controlled dangerous substance and unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia.
At 2:30 a.m. on July 30, a Sallisaw police officer was patrolling in the area of Kerr and Tatham when he saw a vehicle with an illegible paper tag. He initiated a traffic stop and the vehicle pulled into the Golden Spur Motel.
Upon making contact with the driver, Shyla Kissinger, the officer saw that she was shaking and breathing heavily. The officer recognized the passenger as Anderson.
A records search revealed that Anderson had a warrant out of Sequoyah County and he was arrested.
Kissinger refused to allow police to search her vehicle, but because of her nervous behavior and previous drug convictions, a K-9 officer was called in.
Before the dog began to search, Kissinger reportedly tried to remove two syringes from the center cup holder, but when she stepped out of the vehicle she dropped them.
During a search of the vehicle, police found a black pouch under the passenger-side seat that contained a white, crystalline substance and a scale with a similar white residue on it. In the back seat, officers found a 9mm High Point in a white purse with 9mm rounds inside the magazine with an additional eight rounds located in the purse. The purse also contained a pill bottle with Anderson’s name on it that contained a green, leafy substance.
Kissinger and Anderson were transported to the Sallisaw Police Department without further incident.
Laura Brown, KXMX Staff Writer
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