Two charged with marijuana distribution

 

September 11, 2019



Two people are facing drug charges after a store manager reported suspicious activity. Management of the Jiffy Trip convenience store contacted the Cherokee Police Department on Saturday, July 6, at approximately 9:30 a.m. The business is owned by Hammer-Williams and is a complex including Jiffy Trip, Sonic Drive-In and Subway. The manager expressed concern that an employee from Sonic was distributing marijuana to other employees.

The manager said law enforcement was involved in an incident involving a Sonic employee found to possess marijuana at work on July 3. The employee, Kitana Ingram, did not possess a valid medical marijuana patient card, and she was issued a misdemeanor citation by a Cherokee police officer. Cherokee Police Chief Ryan McNeil talked with the arresting officer who said Ingram would not say from whom she obtained the marijuana.

According to the McNeil’s affidavit, he learned that Ingram allegedly admitted to other employees that the marijuana was provided to her by another Sonic employee, Robert Taylor, who possesses a state issued marijuana patient card. It was alleged Taylor provided marijuana to another employee, Jordan Campbell, who is the girlfriend of Ingram, according to the affidavit.


McNeil was able to view surveillance video from the business that appears to show Ingram concealing the alleged marijuana in an overhead storage area where she was working then purchasing cigars at the Jiffy Trip counter and providing them to Campbell. Then Campbell is shown going into the women’s bathroom where it is believed she removed the tobacco from the cigars and replaced it with marijuana. The cigars are then returned to Ingram who is subsequently caught by management with the marijuana.

On Aug. 30 in Alfalfa County, Jordan L. Campbell, 22, of Kingport, Tennessee, was charged with distribution of controlled dangerous substance – including possession with intent to distribute, a felony.

On the same date, Robert Marion Taylor, 44, of Cherokee, was charged with distribution of controlled dangerous substance – including possession with intent to distribute, a felony.

This crime is punishable by imprisonment for two years to life or a fine of up to $20,000, or both.

Warrants have been issued for both Campbell and Taylor.

 

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