Friday, February 12, 2021

Hayes Faces Drug, Gun Charges

Michael Ray Hayes

A Sallisaw man was arrested in Vian Feb. 2 and charged with the unlawful possession of a controlled drug with the intent to distribute, court records show.

Michael Ray Hayes, 45, faces up to five years in prison and a fine of up to $20,000 on the charge. He was also charged with possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony, which is punishable by 2-10 years in prison.

On Feb. 2, Sequoyah County sheriff’s deputies executed a state search warrant at Hayes’ residence. Receiving no response to their knock, officers breached the door and discovered Hayes in a bedroom.

During a search of the residence, deputies discovered a gray zipper bag containing numerous hypodermic syringes, two sets of digital scales and five plastic baggies containing a white, crystalline substance, which field-tested positive for methamphetamine. The total weight of the meth in the baggies was 153 grams.

Under a mattress, a Rossi .357 Magnum revolver loaded with six rounds was discovered, and a black plastic container containing a green, leafy substance was found on the nightstand.

Hayes was placed under arrest for warrants out of Sequoyah County as well as drug possession and the gun charge.

Laura Brown, KXMX Staff Writer

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