A second man has been charged in connection with the seizure of marijuana plants and processed marijuana from a Tahlequah residence earlier this month.

Charles L. Newman, 71, was formally charged Friday with cultivation of marijuana, possession of marijuana with intent to distribute, and possession of paraphernalia. Jerry Newport, 59, was charged earlier in the week with the same offenses.

A probable cause affidavit filed with Newman’s charges states Cherokee Nation marshals served a search warrant on the home, and Newman told them he was using the marijuana for medical reasons. The affidavit states marshals were told Newport had plants growing in the basement of the home, 709 Russell.

Marshals went into the basement and found 30 marijuana plants growing under fluorescent lighting. The affidavit states several baggies of a green, leafy substance believed to be marijuana were found “throughout” Newport’s bedroom.

Newport, the affidavit states, declined to speak with marshals about the marijuana and said he wanted an attorney. Court records show he’s represented by Donn Baker. Newman told the tribal marshals that two other people at the house had nothing to do with the marijuana and they have not been charged.

Newman’s bond was set at $30,000 on an arrest warrant signed by Associate District Judge Mark Dobbins.

In addition to the criminal charges, prosecutors have also filed a forfeiture action against a 30-30 Winchester rifle and $1,617 in cash.

The cultivation of marijuana and possession of marijuana with intent to distribute charges each carry possible sentences of two years to life in prison. A maximum fine of $50,000 is possible for the cultivation charge and a top fine of $20,000 is possible for possession of marijuana with intent to distribute. The paraphernalia count is a misdemeanor punishable by a possible year jail sentence and/or a $1,000 fine.

First Assistant District Attorney Donovan Dobbs is prosecuting the Newman case.


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