Tahlequah Daily Press

May 22, 2013

Local man picked up on meth charge

Staff Writer

TAHLEQUAH — A Tahlequah man bonded out of jail Tuesday, a day after he was arrested by police for possession of methamphetamine.

James Hinds, 31, of Tahlequah, was arrested shortly after midnight Monday in the alley behind Family Dollar on Downing.

Tahlequah Police Patrolman Brandon Vick responded to investigate a suspicious vehicle that had parked with its lights off. Vick and Officer Pam Bell arrived and saw Hinds sitting in the Chevrolet truck.

Vick said Hinds was ordered out of the truck because of his “odd behavior,” which included Hinds “acting as if he was passed out,” and not complying with officers’ orders.

Hinds allegedly told Vick he was meeting a woman for a hair cut, and believed it was “four o’clock.” Hinds then told Vick he had last used methamphetamine at about “two o’clock today.”

Vick later noticed a blue meth pipe and a set of scales inside Hinds’ truck. During an inventory of the vehicle, a money bag was found containing two plastic bags with a “large amount” of a white, crystal-like substance determined to be meth. There were also five pills of various colors.

Vick said the scales seized from the truck were covered in a white, powdery substance. Three syringes were allegedly found in the center console of the vehicle.

Hinds was booked into the Cherokee County Detention Center for possession of a controlled dangerous substance and possession of paraphernalia. He was given a $10,000 bond.