Two were arrested after police found marijuana and THC vape cartridges in the vehicle

BEDFORD – Two people were arrested after a Bedford Police officer stopped a vehicle on State Road 37 at 39th Street after the driver failed to use their turn signal while merging on early Tuesday morning.

The male driver was 19-year-old Jeremiah Cunningham and his passenger, 19-year-old Teegan Ray-Burton.  

Police said Cunningham was extremely nervous fumbling while retrieving his license from his wallet and he was having a hard time answering simple questions. 

“Due to Cunningham’s behavior, I asked him if there was anything illegal inside the vehicle, “ wrote Sgt Clint Swanson in the probable cause affidavit. “Cunningham advised there was not, however he did deny consent to search the vehicle.” 

Lawrence County Sheriff’s Department Deputy Rhoades and his canine partner Dusty arrived on the scene to assist. Dusty alerted officers to possible drugs in the vehicle. 

Both Cunningham and Burton were detained while officers searched the vehicle. They found a large zip lock bag of marijuana, a large zip lock bag containing 16 vape cartridges, and  a digital scale in the center console

Both Burton and Cunningham denied ownership of the illegal items found. 

Officers then learned Cunningham’s license was suspended. He was issued a citation for driving while his driver’s license was suspended. 

Both Burton and Cunningham were arrested and cited into Lawrence County Superior Court II on May 2, 2022, at 8:30 a.m. on charges of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia.