Tahlequah Daily Press

June 5, 2014

Charges expected for local man with cache of grenades

Staff Writer

TAHLEQUAH — A Cherokee County man could face charges after deputies discovered him in possession of grenades Tuesday.

Deputy Tom Moore responded to Rocky Top Lane to check on what had been reported as an explosion. Children in the area confirmed to Moore they had heard the explosion.

Moore said he noticed remnants of an explosive device near a car. A woman later approached the car and stood near the passenger side. Moore said the she seemed “nervous” and claimed she hadn’t heard the explosion.

Moore then realized the car’s window was down, and he could see in the floorboard a red canister with metal ends. He said he also noticed the words “irritant grenade” protruding from a bag.

A second type of grenade could also be seen, Moore said, as well as Remington rifle cartridges, a shotgun slug, and various ammunitions.

The woman who had approached the car told Moore that her husband, later identified as Jason Wayne Dunn, 33, of Park Hill, had been driving the car. Dunn emerged from a nearby home and told Moore he had received the items the prior day. He allegedly consented to a search of the vehicle.

Moore said he found a bag inside the car that contained several needles, a spoon, and a white powdery substance. Dunn allegedly claimed those items belonged to a family member, but admitted he uses methamphetamine.

Dunn was placed under arrest for an active warrant, and was also booked for possession of drug paraphernalia. Moore said Dunn could also face charges for possession of the grenades.

Booking records show Dunn was released from jail on a $1,000 bond.