Tahlequah Daily Press

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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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