By JOSH NEWTON
Tahlequah canine officer Bo led police on Friday to a stolen gun, cocaine and ecstasy pills that had been hidden inside a Houston man’s car.
Tahlequah Officer Cory Keele and his canine partner, Bo, were patrolling Friday near Spring Street when they stopped a vehicle for a traffic violation.
Keele said 24-year-old Houston resident Joshua Green was driving the car and appeared to be nervous when speaking with Keele. According to Keele, Green spoke of “random things to keep the conversation going.”
Keele said he also noticed passengers in Green’s vehicle wouldn’t look at him.
When Keele questioned Green about illegal narcotics or weapons inside the vehicle, Green allegedly gave inconsistent responses, prompting Keele to take Bo around the vehicle. Bo gave Keele a positive alert after sniffing around the vehicle.
Green allegedly told Keele he smokes marijuana in the car, and suggested that was why Bo gave a positive alert.
“That’s all it is,” Green allegedly told Keele.
Keele began searching the car and noticed door panels had marks on them and appeared to have been removed. The dash was loose, and when Keele opened the glove box, he noticed more scratch marks.
“I pushed in the tabs and the glove box fell open,” said Keele. “Inside the area was a natural void that had been boxed in with carpet and carpet padding.”
Keele said he found a loaded, .40-caliber, Hi-point pistol in that space. He then found a black bag tucked behind the car’s radio.
Keele looked in the bag and found multiple bags of pills – later identified as ecstasy – and a white, powdery substance that tested positive as cocaine. Green allegedly told Keele the pills and cocaine were his, and that he used the items only for himself. He also claimed the pistol, and said he used it for protection.
Keele had dispatchers check the firearm and learned it had been reported stolen out of Louisiana.
Green was taken to the Cherokee County Detention Center and booked in for possession of a controlled dangerous substance with intent, possession of CDS near a school, knowingly concealing stolen property, and possession of a stolen firearm.
Green is now free on a $20,000 bond.