While on patrol in an area near the intersection of Short and Lambert streets, Clay County Sheriff's Department Deputy Josh Clarke told The Brazil Times he recognized Ricky A. Cooksey, 24, rural Carbon, who previously had his license suspended, driving a vehicle with Jesse L. Mathews, 27, Brazil, as a passenger.
After initiating a traffic stop, Clarke discovered the vehicle had a false registration during a routine check.
Meanwhile, Clarke said the men were frantically moving around inside the vehicle as if to hide something. Because of their odd behavior and protocols for officer safety, he called for back-up assistance from deputies Jason Frazier and John Tilley.
While waiting for the officers to arrive, Cooksey and Mathews admitted to being in possession of approximately 200 grams of marijuana.
Once the men were placed in custody, officers performed a search of the vehicle.
Mathews and Cooksey were both taken into custody and transported to the Clay County Justice Center. They both were preliminarily charged with possession of marijuana over 30 grams and two firearms violations. Cooksey was also charged with one count of possession of paraphernalia.
Clarke said more charges could be issued after the Clay County Prosecutor's Office reviews evidence collected in the case.
With Mathews facing a $10,000 cash bond with no 10 percent and Cooksey with a $7,000 cash bond with no 10 percent, both remain incarcerated at the jail awaiting formal arraignment per the court calendar.