Tahlequah Daily Press

February 10, 2014

Tahlequah woman jailed on meth and marijuana charges

By JOSH NEWTON
Staff Writer

TAHLEQUAH — A 23-year-old Tahlequah woman was jailed on a $10,000 bond Friday after police allegedly found her to be in possession of methamphetamine and marijuana.

Erica McGregor was booked into jail for possession of meth, possession of marijuana, and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Tahlequah Officer Cory Keele said he responded early Friday morning to a convenience store on East Downing, where a vehicle had been parked at a gas pump for at least half an hour.

Keele said he arrived and saw McGregor slumped down, appearing to be asleep. Officers knocked on the window several times before McGregor awoke.

McGregor told Keele she was waiting on a friend, but her friend would not answer the phone. She allegedly told the officer she was going to get a ride so she could leave her vehicle behind for another friend.

Keele saw a small jar in McGregor’s back seat, and the jar appeared to contain a bag with a green, leafy substance. She handed the jar to Keele, and he identified the substance as marijuana.

Keele then deployed canine officer Bo around McGregor’s car, and Bo gave a positive alert.

“I opened the driver’s side door and K-9 Bo jumped inside the vehicle and began to sniff the driver’s seat... ,” Keele said.

Police looked inside McGregor’s vehicle and found several syringes, a light bulb that had been made into a smoking device, and other items. Keele found a clear bag of meth in the driver’s seat; and a metal container attached to a key ring contained three bags of a white, crystal substance.

After she was arrested, McGregor allegedly admitted to police she had marijuana inside her bra. Officers at the Cherokee County Detention Center later retrieved the marijuana.

jnewton@tahlequahdailypress.com