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June 6, 2014

Meth, marijuana land Tahlequah pair behind bars

TAHLEQUAH — Two Tahlequah residents found themselves behind bars this week when police discovered methamphetamine and marijuana seeds during a traffic stop.

Tahlequah Canine Officer Cory Keele stopped a truck just after 2:30 Wednesday morning near West Avenue and Bean Street. Keele said the truck’s tag had expired.

“I started walking up to the driver’s side of the truck when I heard a voice say, ‘Hello, sir,’” Keele reported.

Keele found 21-year-old Sarah Ingram behind the wheel of the truck, and 54-year-old Troy Bohlander in the passenger seat.

“[Bohlander] began to explain that he was giving [Ingram] driving lessons and that she did not have a valid driver’s license,” said Keele.

Bohlander was “very apologetic” and claimed he and Ingram were friends from a Cherokee County nursery, “and some other things I did not understand,” Keele said.

Bohlander said he and the driver were long-time family friends.

Keele confirmed that Ingram did not have a valid driver’s license. Ingram was then asked to get out of the truck, and Keele asked her for the passenger’s name.

“She stated she just called him ‘Pops’ but could not give me a real name,” said Keele. “I went to the passenger side of the vehicle and asked Bohlander for the driver’s name, and he stated he could not remember and even stumbled trying to find the name.”

Bohlander then told Keele he had met Ingram a month earlier at a friend’s home, Keele said.

Canine Officer Bo was deployed around the truck and gave Keele a positive alert.

Keele searched the vehicle and found a black purse containing burnt remnants of marijuana and a small amount of meth, along with digital scales that contained methamphetamine on the weight pad.

Keele said he also located a bag of marijuana seeds.

Ingram was booked into jail for possession of methamphetamine, possession of drug paraphernalia and no driver’s license. She allegedly told officers the purse did not belong to her, but later told Officer Pam Bell she didn’t know the drug-related items were inside her purse.

Bohlander was booked for possession of drug paraphernalia and a county warrant.

Both remained behind bars Thursday. Ingram was given a $4,000 bond, and Bohlander has several bonds, including $5,000 for probation violation, and others for failing to pay court fines and failing to appear on previous charges.

jnewton@tahlequahdailypress.com

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