Thursday, April 1, 2021

Gun’s Altered Serial Number Gets Man in Hot Water

A Sallisaw man was arrested March 21 and charged with altering a firearm’s serial number, a felony. Kourtland Green, 20, was also charged with a misdemeanor for allegedly transporting a loaded firearm in a motor vehicle.

He was released on $2,000 bond and his next court appearance is at 1:30 p.m. April 14.

On March 21, a Sallisaw police officer saw a white Nissan Altima make a right turn from Dogwood Avenue to Cherokee Avenue, but in doing so, the car traveled directly to the left lane of the two westbound lanes instead of the right lane.

The officer initiated a traffic stop and spoke with the driver, Vanessa Arnold, and her passenger, who was eventually identified as Green. When asked about the aroma of marijuana coming from inside the vehicle, Arnold said there was none in the car because they had already smoked it earlier in the day.

The officer asked Arnold and Green to empty their pockets as police searched their car.

In the floor of the vehicle was a black-handled pistol that was partially concealed under the passenger seat. Green admitted he had bought the weapon at a gun show. He was then placed in handcuffs.

A further search of the car turned up a large glass smoking device containing burned marijuana residue and two plastic containers holding a green, leafy substance.

Upon inspection, it was discovered that the serial numbers on the pistol had been filed off. Green said he knew he would be in trouble if he was found with the gun because the numbers were filed off. He said he bought the weapon in Fort Smith a week ago and didn’t realize the numbers had been removed until it was too late. He said he had been keeping the pistol in his possession.

Laura Brown, KXMX Staff Writer

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