Tahlequah Daily Press

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December 20, 2012

Drug and gun seizure

TAHLEQUAH — Two people were jailed Wednesday morning after authorities seized guns, marijuana and methamphetamine a short distance from Woodall School.

Cherokee County Sheriff’s Deputy Stephanie Stephens received a call from Kaysha Smallen, 19, at about 8 a.m. Smallen told Stephens she had been held at gunpoint, and that there were people hiding in the bushes near her trailer house.

Stephens said she arrived and noticed Smallen appeared to be under the influence of some substance.

Smallen’s baby had allegedly been left on a neighbor’s porch, and Smallen was hauling baby items out of her house. Stephens said no one was hiding in the bushes.

Sheriff’s Investigators James Brown and Sgt. Casey Baker arrived and cleared the house. Brown said no one was inside, so officers began talking with Smallen outside the house.

Brown said Mark Allen Lamond, 47, pulled up to the residence in a truck and began to leave when Brown approached. Lamond was identified as Smallen’s boyfriend.

Brown said he asked Lamond if he was armed with any firearms or knives, and Lamond admitted he had a firearm tucked into his waistband. Baker then spotted a firearm inside Lamond’s truck.

Authorities cleared Lamond’s pockets and discovered what they believe to be methamphetamine.

Brown said the man’s truck smelled of marijuana, and Lamond allegedly told police he wanted a lawyer.

During an inventory of Lamond’s truck, investigators discovered a box that contained several jars and bags of marijuana, which had been labeled and packaged in a manner consistent with distribution. Investigators estimate Lamond had as much as 2 pounds of pot in the box.

Lamond’s truck was seized, and he was booked into the Cherokee County Detention Center on two counts of possession of a firearm in commission of a felony, possession of a concealed firearm without a valid permit, possession of a controlled dangerous substance with intent to distribute within 1,000 feet of a school, possession of marijuana with intent to distribute within 1,000 feet of a school, and possession of paraphernalia.

Smallen was booked for public intoxication of drugs and child endangerment. Stephens said Smallen’s baby was taken into custody by the Department of Human Services.

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