A traffic stop Sunday resulted in felony charges being filed against a California man.
According to Henryetta police chief Steve Norman, a car driven by John Tay Xiong was stopped for doing 70 miles per hour in a 45 zone on Main Street.
john xiongHe said when officers approached the SUV they saw a large bag of what appeared to be marijuana on the back seat. Also seen were several extended magazines for an automatic pistol. A search of the car revealed a Colt .45 pistol and a large amount of ammunition as well as a large amount of $20 bills.
Xiong, 21, was booked into the Okmulgee County jail on complaints of speeding, possession with intent to distribute and possession of a firearm in the commission of a felony.
“Three ounces is the most a person with a medical marijuana card can have,” said Norman. “The bag of marijuana was well over that amount.” Xiong was unable to produce a license that would allow him to transport a larger amount of the substance.
Late last week, offices recovered several guns found in a bag along a street near the Henryetta Housing Authority. One of those guns was a semi-automatic 9 mm pistol.
“We have had several vehicle burglaries this past week where weapons were taken,” the chief said. “Because of involvement with Native Americans, the incident was referred to the Creek Nation Lighthouse. The weapons were secured under lock at the police department.