Two suspects were arrested July 5 after Cherokee County sheriff’s deputies recovered 31 grams of marijuana in their possession.
While pulling up next to a vehicle, deputies observed the passenger – Marvin Alanzo Ramos Mendoza, 26, San Francisco – slide down and try to hide his face.
The deputies pulled behind the vehicle bearing a Missouri license plate, and dispatch informed them the tag was not registered.
During the traffic stop, the driver of the vehicle – Matthew Reece Butler, 25, Tahlequah – told law enforcement he had a loaded firearm under his seat. During the time the 9mm was being retrieved by deputies, they smelled a strong odor of marijuana.
When asked if there was any marijuana in the vehicle, Butler said no, but then admitted to smoking weed in the car earlier.
Inside the vehicle, deputies found two medium-sized plastic baggies containing marijuana, $1,179 in cash, two 1-gram plastic containers with an oily substance that said Exotic Carts 1 gram 80-85 percent THC 100 percent Dank, and a large bag of marijuana.
Both suspects were arrested for possession of marijuana with intent to distribute. Butler was also booked for possession of a firearm while in commission of a felony. Deputies recovered 31 grams of marijuana.
According to reports, Butler