Senior and juvenile busted for possession

Published 12:00 am Saturday, March 24, 2001

In two separate incidents, a 78-year-old female and a 16-year-old juvenile were both arrested and charged with possession of marijuana, with intent to distribute.

Chief Deputy Kenny Harden of the Butler County Sheriff's Office said on Thursday that acting on tips, his office was able to take action in two separate cases, and to make three arrests involving possession of marijuana.

"We received a call Thursday morning, advising us that a juvenile was selling marijuana at City Park Hill (Garfield Park)-we responded to the area and after making contact with the described subject, found that he was in possession of more than an ounce of marijuana, and also some currency," Harden said.

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The 16-year-old male was taken into custody, and turned over to juvenile court authorities.

"We seized approximately 29 grams of marijuana from the juvenile, which is slightly over one ounce in weight," Harden said. "The marijuana was packaged in small amounts in separate plastic bags, for individual sale."

Also on Thursday, the Sheriff's Office received a tip that a resident on South Perry Street was selling marijuana from her home.

"After receiving information about this subject, we were able to make undercover purchases of marijuana, prompting us to obtain a search warrant of the residence," Harden said.

With warrant in-hand, the deputies, along with assisting officers from the Greenville Police Department and ABC agents executed a search on the premises of Christine Cook, 78.

"We recovered approximately 16 grams, more than a half-ounce of marijuana individually packaged in plastic bags," Harden said. "We also seized drug paraphernalia, in the form of plastic baggies and scales."

Harden said that Cook was not the only subject arrested at her residence.

"We also arrested and charged Cook's son, George N. Cook, 46, for possession of marijuana, second degree, which is a class A misdemeanor," he said. "Christine Cook was charged with possession of marijuana, first degree, which is a class C felony, and possession of drug paraphernalia, a misdemeanor charge."

Harden explained that the difference between the two marijuana charges amounted from distribution.

"The female was charged with the felony charge of possession due to its being packaged for individual distribution," Harden said.

"This is just another example of citizens assisting law enforcement in the on-going battle against drugs in our communities," Harden said.

By Thursday night, Christine Cook was out on $13,000 bond, and George N. Cook was out on $3,000 bond.