Tahlequah Daily Press

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May 2, 2014

House found with weed second time in as many days

TAHLEQUAH — Authorities assisting the Department of Human Services Wednesday evening arrested a woman for possession of marijuana just one day after a local drug task force served a search warrant at the home and seized some of the same drug.

Tahlequah detectives Todd Carnes and Bryan Swim were asked to go with a DHS worker to the 400 block of Parker Street Wednesday.

Authorities with the District 27 Drug and Violent Crimes Task Force had served a state search warrant at the home on Tuesday and seized a small amount of marijuana. No arrests were made during Tuesday’s visit to the home, but authorities contacted DHS about the conditions of the home where children were living.

When Carnes, Swim and the DHS official arrived, a man who had been sleeping on a make-shift bed in the living room floor came to the door.

As officers spoke with the man, 27-year-old Crystal M. Bradford entered the living room, went to a couch, grabbed an item and stuffed it into her purse, detectives said. She then started toward another room, according to Carnes, but was told she needed to leave her purse on the couch for officer safety.

“[She] asked angrily, ‘Do you have a f-----g search warrant?’” Carnes said in his arrest affidavit.

During an interview with the DHS employee, Bradford allegedly claimed she had been to drug court and graduated several years ago. When Bradford finished speaking with the DHS official, a walk-through of the house was conducted.

Swim discovered a red coffee can containing drug paraphernalia, which Bradford had allegedly tried to hide from him.

Carnes said he asked Bradford whether there were any drugs in the home, and she retrieved a plastic bag of marijuana from her purse.

Case workers from DHS removed three children from the home and placed them into temporary custody with a family member.

Bradford was booked into the Cherokee County Detention Center for possession of marijuana.

Formal charges have not been filed, but bond was set at $1,000 on her Wednesday arrest.

jnewton@tahlequahdailypress.com

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