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Atoka Police Officer Chase Franklin made contact with a person acting suspiciously on Friday, August 7, 2020.
Officer Franklin observed Daniel M. Sanders, 33, of Atoka, walking southbound on the sidewalk next to Highway 69.
When Sanders saw the patrol unit he turned, walking away from the officer, looking over his shoulder as Officer Franklin passed by.
Sanders was located on South Melba Street and advised the officer he was headed to his brother’s apartment.
While speaking, Sanders continuously placed his hands inside his pockets, after being asked to keep his hands visible.
Officer Franklin conducted a weapon search on Sanders, asking if he had anything that would poke or stick him. Sanders told the officer there was a syringe in his shorts pocket.
After retrieving the syringe, Officer Franklin observed an opened Altoids container with a clear plastic baggy inside. The baggy contained a crystal like substance that field tested positive for methamphetamine.
Sanders was placed under arrest while his backpack was searched. In the front pocket was located a green leafy substance that field tested positive for marijuana.
He was transported to the Atoka County Jail for booking. Sanders is charged with two counts of possession of controlled dangerous substance (misdemeanor), and unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia (misdemeanor).