The Pryor Times

Crimes and courts

August 10, 2013

Officers find drugs, guns and stolen property

A Salina man charged with eight felonies and one misdemeanor pleaded not guilty.

Leon Eugene Quinn made his initial appearance before Judge Shawn Taylor Thursday.

Quinn is charged with possession of oxymorphone, a controlled dangerous substance, a .22 caliber Arminius revolver and a .50 caliber muzzle loader Jukar pistol, drug paraphernalia and surveillance equipment, all after prior felony convictions.

He is also charged with knowingly concealing stolen property having in his possession a backhoe, a green four-wheeler, a flatbed trailer, saddles and tack.

The defendant's attorney entered a plea of not guilty on his behalf. The attorney said he had spoken to the district attorney and had been unable to agree on a bond amount.

“Mr. Quinn is 44, his wife and mother are present in the court room, he is a long time Salina resident. Up until recently he was employed in the MidAmerica Industrial Park,” said attorney Bryan Rock. “As I do not believe he is a flight risk, we request bond be set at $25,000.”

Assistant District Attorney Glen Dresbeck was present on behalf of the state.

“The defendant his multiple prior felony convictions. In this case he is charged with nine separate counts, some of which can carry up to a life sentence in the Department of Corrections,” said Dresbeck. “The police have reason to believe he is responsible for other burglaries in the area. We believe he is a significant danger to the public and a flight risk.”

Dresbeck then requested bond be set at $250,000.

Taylor set bond at $100,000 and continued the case until the felony preliminary hearing sounding docket Sept. 12. Quinn will be remanded to the custody of the Mayes County Jail until bond is posted.

“On Aug. 7, the Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics and the sheriff's office, with the help of the Delaware County District Attorney Task Force, executed a search warrant on Mr. Quinn's residence in Salina,” said Investigator Jason Treat of the Mayes County Sheriff's Office. “The search warrant was the result of a six-month investigation.”

Multiple entities were involved as they have reason to believe Quinn is involved in a burglary and narcotics ring in Mayes, Delaware, Craig, Cherokee and Wagoner Counties.

Treat said although Quinn has been arrested, the investigation continues. Investigators are currently working to match stolen items and serial numbers to determine if Quinn is involved in other unresolved cases.

“The four-wheeler and saddles were stolen from Robert Cooper. His       15-year-old won the saddles in a rodeo,” said Treat, who was assigned to that case as well.

Quinn was charged with possession of surveillance equipment while in commission of a felony, after prior felony conviction.

“He had a security camera system that fed in to his TV that showed surveillance of his entire property,” said Treat.

In Mayes County, Quinn's prior felony charges include possession of a controlled drug, two counts of carrying a firearm after former felony conviction, several counts of knowingly concealing stolen property, knowingly owning/operating a chop shop, possession of a stolen vehicle, delivery of a controlled drug and uttering a forged instrument.

Treat said he anticipates additional charges will be filed both in Mayes and surrounding counties.

Text Only | Photo Reprints
Crimes and courts