Tahlequah Daily Press

January 17, 2014

17 firearms snared during warrant sweep

Staff Writer

TAHLEQUAH — Authorities seized 17 firearms Wednesday after serving a warrant at a Cherokee County home.

Members of the local drug and violent crimes task force arrested 52-year-old Bill Lyman and 32-year-old Jonathan Lyman. Both men are facing a list of charges, including cultivation, possession of marijuana, possession of a firearm, possession of marijuana without a tax stamp, maintaining a dwelling where drugs are sold, and possession of an illegal firearm.

Both men are jailed at the Cherokee County Detention Center, and bond had not been set as of Thursday.

Authorities said they suspected the home where the Lymans were arrested of being a “drug house.” Once investigators served their warrant, they allegedly found marijuana plants and several bags filled with marijuana seeds.

Investigators will now be tasked with checking the 17 firearms that were found in the home to see whether any are reported as stolen.

According to court records, Jonathan Lyman was being sought on warrants for failure to pay on a previous charge of possession of a controlled dangerous substance with intent to distribute. Records show he was charged with that crime in 2007 and pleaded guilty the following year in exchange for a three-year deferred sentence.

His sentence was later amended to 10 years suspended.