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July 11, 2013

Canine cop’s nose leads to arrest

TAHLEQUAH — Two women were arrested Tuesday evening after a canine officer alerted his handler to illegal substances inside a vehicle, police said.

Candace Washington, 27, and 25-year-old Marissa Adair were booked into the Cherokee County Detention Center. Washington was held on anticipated charges of driving under the influence of drugs, possession of a controlled dangerous substance, possession of drug paraphernalia, and driving under suspension. Adair was held for public intoxication, possession of a controlled dangerous substance, and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Officer Cory Keele was patrolling just before 11 p.m. when he noticed a truck swerving between the lines on Muskogee Avenue. Keele said the truck’s driver – later identified as Washington – continued to swerve, so he conducted a traffic stop near Muskogee and Willis.

Washington appeared to be disoriented, Keele said. He requested to see her driver’s license several times, and Washington eventually handed him a Cherokee Nation identification card instead.

“The more I spoke with the driver, I noticed her speech was slurred,” Keele said in his affidavit.

Washington was given a couple of field sobriety tests. Keele said he noticed Washington had a leafy debris inside her mouth, and she swayed while trying to stand still. The officer said Washington also had body tremors and was sweating profusely.

A records check told Keele that Washington had a suspended driver’s license, he said. Adair displayed clues that led Keele to believe she was intoxicated. Adair alleg-edly admitted to smoking synthetic marijuana with Washington, and told officer there was a pipe under her seat.

Keele’s canine partner, Bo, was then deployed to sniff around the truck and gave a positive alert. Keele then searched the vehicle and found a green, leafy substance – believed to be marijuana – under Washington’s seat, he said. A silver pipe with burnt residue was found under Adair’s seat, and Keele said he also found a bag that contained what he believed to be synthetic marijuana.

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The federal government should set the minimum wage across the board.
States should be allowed to raise their minimum wages, but not cities.
Both states and cities should be allowed to raise their minimum wages.
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