Two teenage males were arrested recently in Jefferson after an off-duty police officer reported suspicious activity when he saw three males dressed in black getting into a truck with tinted windows near a business on Washington Street. After stopping the truck at Martin and Sycamore streets, a responding officer smelled marijuana coming from the inside.
A 16-year-old male passenger confessed to having an ounce of marijuana in his book bag. He also said he bought the marijuana and he claimed it was his. He was handcuffed and read his Miranda warning. He later told an officer that he did not have a job and needed to make money by selling marijuana, a report states.
The 17-year-old driver was also arrested because the officer, “believe(d) he knew what was going on and did not turn his back while the illegal drug exchange was taking place,” he wrote in the report. A third passenger, whose age is not known, was taken to the police department and released to his mother.
The 16-year-old was released to his legal guardian because the youth detention center did not consider him the most at-risk. The 17-year-old was taken to jail. Both teens cell phones and the marijuana were seized.
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