Tahlequah Daily Press

December 31, 2013

Drugs, gun found after police make traffic stop

By JOSH NEWTON
Staff Writer

TAHLEQUAH — Tahlequah police arrested a local man Sunday after they discovered marijuana, a loaded gun, and digital scales in his vehicle.

Antiono Prieto-Lopez, 18, was given a $45,000 bond for possession of marijuana with intent to distribute, possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of a firearm while in commission of a felony, use of an electronic device for sales of narcotics, and failure to stop at a stop sign.

Tahlequah Reserve Officer Austin Yates noticed Prieto-Lopez’s vehicle fail to stop Sunday morning near Stick Ross Mountain Road and the State Highway 51 bypass. Yates stopped the vehicle and identified the car as one that was part of an ongoing drug investigation.

Canine Officer Cory Keele and his partner, Bo, responded to assist Yates.

“Lopez was very nervous and would not allow me to search his vehicle,” Keele said.

Keele decided to send Bo around the car.

“Bo started foaming at the mouth and licking the door handle,” said Keele. “He finally gave me a positive alert.”

Officers searched the vehicle and found a pistol beneath the driver’s seat. They also discovered a bag containing digital scales, baggies, and a quarter-pound of marijuana in the passenger-side floor. Keele said Prieto-Lopez told officers a friend left the items in the car.

Police seized the items, along with Prieto-Lopez’s vehicle. The gun magazine was fully loaded, according to Keele.

Keele said Sunday’s discovery is Bo’s largest marijuana find.

“Most of his finds are methamphetamine,” said Keele. “We go out looking for people who have illegal narcotics or who are doing other criminal activity, and we deal with whatever comes up. In this case, we discovered marijuana and a firearm.”

jnewton@tahlequahdailypress.com