Cherokee students arrested for pot possession during K-9 sweep

Jeff Bobo • Apr 10, 2018 at 7:30 PM

ROGERSVILLE — Two Cherokee High School students were arraigned Monday for marijuana possession and violation of the Drug Free School Zone Act as a result of their arrest last week during a K-9 sweep.

Hawkins County Sheriff's Office Chief Deputy Tony Allen said the department brings it's K-9 to check lockers and vehicles in the parking lot about twice per school year at both main high schools.

Last Thursday morning, Deputy Wesley Seals and his K-9 partner Bak were doing a sweep of the Cherokee parking lot when Bak indicated there was something illegal in a silver Honda Accord parked in the back parking lot.

The driver of the vehicle, Jasmine Nicole Miller, 18, of Rogersville, was escorted to her vehicle by school staff where Deputy Eric Pease and principal Thomas Floyd searched her backpack.

They allegedly found about 2.2 grams of marijuana in her purse.

Inside the vehicle they also found a wallet belonging to Abigail Guerrero Mendoza, 18, of Rogersville, which contained another 1.7 grams of marijuana.

Both students were arrested and booked into the Hawkins County Jail, where they spent the night before being released on $1,000 bond each Friday.

They each have their next appearance in Sessions Court set for June 6.

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