Tahlequah Daily Press

November 11, 2013

Task force arrests four

Staff Writer

TAHLEQUAH — Drug task force investigators arrested four people Thursday after serving a warrant at a home in the Horseshoe Bend area, where they allegedly found methamphetamine, marijuana, and pills.

Kenny Jackson, 32; Charles McDonald, 43; Jacqueline Bailey, 31; and Stephen Allen, 46, were all booked into the Cherokee County Detention.

Investigators said they went to McDonald’s home Thursday and found three small children – two of whom are 3 years old, and the other a 17-month-old.

Investigators said there was a hot glass smoking device on the kitchen table. Jackson, Allen and Bailey all allegedly admitted they had been smoking meth in the kitchen before officers arrived.

Investigators said the three children were apparently in the kitchen watching cartoons as Jackson, Allen and Bailey were smoking meth.

According to court documents, investigators searched McDonald’s kitchen and found several smoking devices with burnt residue; three plastic bags with numerous pills in a tin can, which was in a plastic tub over the kitchen stove; and eight plastic bags of a white, powdery substance inside a tin can above the kitchen stove.

While searching the kitchen, authorities found a bag that contained digital scales with a white, powdery residue; a pill bottle with 21 pills; a plastic box with a crystal-like substance, cut straw, marijuana, and more pills; a container with three smoking devices and a straw; and two other smoking devices.

They also seized three more plastic bags of a white, powdery residue that was found on the kitchen table, according to court documents.

Investigators said they found a small tin of marijuana in Allen’s vehicle.

McDonald was held on charges of possession of a controlled dangerous substance with intent to distribute, possession of marijuana, child endangerment, and maintaining a dwelling where drugs are sold or kept. He was given a $45,000 bond Friday morning.

Bailey was held for possession of a controlled dangerous substance, possession of drug paraphernalia, and child endangerment, and given a $25,000 bond. J

ackson was booked for possession of a controlled dangerous substance, possession of drug paraphernalia, and child endangerment, and held on a $45,000 bond; and Allen was booked for possession of marijuana, which resulted in a $1,000 bond.

The Department of Human Services responded to the home, and the children were released to family members, according to investigators.