JAY — Police stopped a car for a defect on Main Street and ended up charging two occupants with illegal drug possession and a driving violation, police said.

Emily Eaton, 26, of Portland was arrested early Thursday on a misdemeanor charge of unlawful possession of  marijuana and permitting illegal operation of a motor vehicle, Police Chief Larry White Sr. said.

She was also issued a civil summons for possession of drug paraphernalia, White said.

John Poole, 30, of East Corinth, was arrested on a charge of operating a motor vehicle while his right to do so was suspended, White said. The 2001 Hyundai belonged to one of Eaton’s family members who was not in the car, he said.

Jay officer Nicholas Gulliver and Sgt. Troy Young were working patrol and stopped the car for a defect.

After making contact with Poole, the driver, Gulliver spoke with Eaton, a passenger in the car.

“While speaking to her, officer Gulliver could smell a very strong odor of marijuana coming from the inside of the vehicle,” White said. “Officers then advised Ms. Eaton of this who, after a brief discussion, admitted to having marijuana in the vehicle.”

Eaton then showed the officer where the marijuana was.

She had 5.3 ounces of marijuana and $590 in cash, White said.

The cash was found in a baggie with some of the marijuana, he said, and both were confiscated.

The District Attorney’s Office will be reviewing the case for any other possible charges, White said.

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Jay police confiscated 5.3 ounces of marijuana and
$590 from  Emily C. Eaton, 26, of Portland on Thursday after the car she was a
passenger in was stopped for a traffic defect, Jay police Chief Larry White Sr.
said Monday.

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