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By Dustin Phillips on
September 12, 2016
January 26, 2022

Canadian County sheriff's deputies found more than they expected when they searched the vehicle of an Oklahoma City drug distribution suspect.

Zachary DeJulio, 23, is a suspect in an area drug distribution ring, and Canadian County officials arrested him after making contact and obtaining "    probable cause" to search his vehicle. Deputies allegedly found marijuana and drug paraphernalia, including scales and baggies, inside the vehicle. When authorities arrested DeJulio, they also confiscated his cell phone and subjected it to a forensic scan in order to find evidence in the drug case.

They found something else instead.

Reports say investigators found child pornography on the man's phone, including a four-minute video which showed the rape of a young girl. Investigators    also say that the phone revealed an online chat with an unidentified person in which DeJulio allegedly confessed to raping his 11-year-old sister.

Canadian County Undersheriff Chris West said that an investigation has determined that DeJulio has no siblings, and the "11-year-old sister" does not exist;    however, they have not ruled out the possibility that the suspect has raped or sexually assaulted a young girl.

According to a Canadian County Sheriff's Office press release, DeJulio confessed to drug possession and child pornography possession, and he admitted to taking part in the chat and stating that he had raped an 11-year-old child.

DeJulio was booked into the Canadian County Jail on complaints including marijuana possession with intent to distribute, possession of drug paraphernalia, and possession of child pornography. He is held on $25,000 bond.

A preliminary hearing conference is set for October 17.

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