• Motel owner's son busted for selling drugs out of property


    Quick Facts:

    • Police arrested Jigneshkumar Patel after an undercover operation
    • Patel carries an extensive criminal history
    • Officers have made prior drug arrests at the Days Inn Motel that Patel’s family owns

    A man with a criminal background was arrested after an undercover operation.

    On June 11, Mayes County undercover police purchased a pound of marijuana from Jigneshkumar Patel.

    Oklahoma Highway Patrol stopped Patel on the way to the sale, where Patel was arrested on outstanding warrants.

    A K-9 unity helped officers find bags of marijuana hidden in Patel’s engine compartment.

    Patel was booked into Mayes County Jail facing felony charges of distribution of a controlled dangerous substance, possession of a controlled drug with intent to distribute and unlawful use of a communication device.

    Patel’s criminal history includes cocaine distribution, drug proceeds and false impersonation in Oklahoma County.

    Police told FOX23 Patel had another false impersonation charge in Mayes County.

    This is the latest in several drug arrests made at that motel.

    During a previous undercover buy, which police said Patel orchestrated, a separate hotel employee sold “high-grade hydroponic marijuana from Colorado”, according to Brett Mull, Mayes County Sheriff’s Office investigator.

    During that interaction, employees allegedly said they felt required to sell to keep their jobs.

    According to reports from that part of the investigation, police were able to identify Patel and the room where he would package and store the marijuana. 

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