Cherokee County prosecutors charged two men Tuesday with felony drug offenses.

Jerry Newport, 59, was charged with cultivation of marijuana, possession of marijuana with intent to distribute and possession of paraphernalia. Cherokee Nation marshals arrested Newport after learning was allegedly growing marijuana at his Tahlequah residence. Authorities also say Newport had baggies of processed marijuana.

The cultivation and possession of marijuana with intent to distribute charges each carry possible penalties of two years to life in prison. A maximum fine of $50,000 is possible on the cultivation charge, and a $20,000 fine is possible for possession of marijuana with intent to distribute. Newport also faces a possible year sentence and/or $1,000 fine on the paraphernalia count.

Assistant District Attorney Michael Spychalski is prosecuting the case.

Aaron Matthew McGinnis, 33, was charged with possession of a precursor and endeavoring to manufacture methamphetamine. The charges stem from a raid Cherokee Nation marshals and Tahlequah police conducted on McGinnis’ home at Horseshoe Bend Jan. 24.

McGinnis allegedly had phosphorus and Iodine (precursors for making methamphetamine) on his possession. He faces a possible 20 years to life sentence for endeavoring to manufacture a controlled drug and/or a fine of up to $50,000. The precursor charge has a possible penalty of seven years to life and/or a $50,000 fine. His bond has been set at $15,000.

First Assistant District Attorney Donovan Dobbs is prosecuting the case.

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