By JOSH NEWTON
Two people were arrested this week after authorities found them to be in possession of marijuana.
Skye Dillon Jumper, 18, of Tahlequah, was booked for second-degree burglary, public intoxication, bringing contraband into a penal institution, and possession of marijuana with intent to distribute; while Adrian Sanders, 18, of Bunch, was booked for possession of paraphernalia and driving under the influence of drugs.
Cherokee County Sheriff’s Deputy Charles Dreadfulwater was called Sunday to apartments on Teehee Drive. Callers said they witnessed a young man kick in the door of an apartment, go inside, then leave after getting into a blue car that had several other occupants.
A Cherokee Nation marshal was patrolling the area and conducted a traffic stop on a blue car matching the description. Jumper allegedly told the marshal he went to his friend’s house, kicked in the door and took some marijuana.
Jumper tried giving the same details to Dreadfulwater, but once the deputy read the suspect his rights, Jumper allegedly stopped talking.
Dreadfulwater said he could smell a strong odor of marijuana and alcohol coming from inside the vehicle.
Sanders was one of four other passengers inside the car, and denied that anyone in the vehicle had been smoking pot. He also claimed he was unsure if marijuana was inside the car, and gave Dreadfulwater permission to search.
Dreadfulwater said he found a plastic container under the driver’s seat with 16 individually wrapped packages containing a green, leafy substance. Authorities also found two smoking pipes, a silver grinder, and smoking papers.
Jumper allegedly tried to hide the container of marijuana underneath the driver’s seat of the vehicle when they were being stopped by police.
The three other occupants of the vehicle were all determined to be juveniles, according to Dreadfulwater. One was cited for possession of paraphernalia.
Deputies said the victim of the burglary declined to fill out a statement and said nothing had been taken from his residence.
Sanders was transported to a local hospital to take a blood test, and Jumper was booked into the Cherokee County Detention Center. Officers said they located a clear bag with a green, leafy substance in Jumper’s wallet at the jail.