A routine traffic stop by a Clay County Sheriff's deputy resulted in arrests on charges of possession of a stolen vehicle and various drug charges.
Tuesday at around 8:33 p.m., Sgt. Robert Gambill attempted to stop a vehicle for disregarding a stop sign in Turner at Railroad and State streets.
Gambill chased the vehicle before it traveled through the driveway of 2772 W. Indiana St. and stopped.
Gambill saw occupants throw an item out of the driver's side window of the car.
After the five occupants of the car were secured, police determined the vehicle had been stolen.
The thrown item was recovered and was found to contain approximately 1 pound of suspected marijuana along with two other smaller packages of marijuana and a plastic wrapper containing suspected methamphetamine. A search of the car turned up more suspected methamphetamine.
The driver, Ricky Cooksey, 18, of 401 N. Davis St., Brazil, was arrested on charges of possession of methamphetamine over three grams with intent to deliver (class A felony), possession of marijuana over 30 grams, possession of a stolen vehicle , resisting law enforcement and operating a vehicle while intoxicated.
Two passengers, Joseph Greene, 19, of 1024 E. Hendrix St., Brazil and Jeremy Lovett, 18, of 903 S. Chicago Ave., Brazil, were arrested for trespassing in a stolen vehicle and minor consumption of alcohol.
Two juvenile female passengers were released to their parents and charges of trespassing in a stolen vehicle will be forwarded to the juvenile court.
Sgt. Gambill was assisted in the investigation by Clay County Deputy Dan Best, Clay County Reserve Deputy Josh Clarke, Brazil City Police Sgt. Dave Archer and Brazil City Patrolman Chris Blila.