Peyote found in traffic stop
Two men were arrested Saturday after Sallisaw police found more then 100 peyote plants growing in containers in the backseat of their vehicle.
Harry Joseph Scott, 54, and Clayton Preston, 34, both of Virginia, were booked into the Sallisaw City Jail on drug-related offenses. Scott was released on a $30,000 bond Wednesday and Preston was released May 31 after posting a $30,000 bond.
According to the police report, Scott was driving a silver four-door vehicle near the intersection of Cherokee and Wheeler Avenue when he made an illegal left turn. Sallisaw Police Officer Billy Oliver pulled him over. When Oliver approached the vehicle he noticed the passenger, Preston, breathing heavy and acting suspicious. When Oliver asked Scott for his driver’s license information, Oliver noticed Scott’s hand was trembling and he was acting nervous.
Oliver asked Scott and Preston where they were coming from and where they were going and both men gave conflicting stories. Oliver asked Scott and Clayton to search the vehicle because the two men were acting suspicious and giving conflicting stories.
According to the report Lt. John Owens arrived soon after the stop and a K-9 unit was called in to help. After the dog alerted officers to possible drugs Oliver began a search of the vehicle. Oliver found three plastic containers containing sand. He reported that growing in the sand were 141 cactus plants. After researching the plants they were discovered to be a psychoactive substance that contains mescaline, Oliver reported.
According to wikipedia.org, mescaline produces a high similarity to LSD, but the visual distortions produced by mescaline are somewhat different from those of LSD.
The subjective visuals are not true hallucinations as they are consistent with actual experience and typically intensifications of the different stimulus (objects and sounds), not the appearance of non-existent fanciful objects or actions that the user believes are real. Prominence of color is distinctive, appearing brilliant and intense, according to wikipedia.org.
Peyote has a long history of ritualistic and medicinal use by indigenous Americans.
According to the Native American Church Web site, the Senate and House of Representatives of the U.S. Congress amended the American Indian Religious Freedom Act in 1994. The act legalized the traditional use of peyote by Indians for religious purposes, and for other purposes.
Native American Indians have used peyote dating back to 2,000 for medical and religious purposes.
Since 1965, ceremonial use of peyote by Indians has been protected by Federal regulation.
by Courtney Coble, Staff Writer
June 07 2010