Two Charged after Marijuana Seizure in Jackson
Two were arrested and another is wanted after police said they found marijuana while searching a home, Wednesday. According to Jackson police, 26 pounds of marijuana, two scales and packaging materials were found at the home of Chaerish Mariko Brice, 34, and Yakema Sarita Whiteside, 32, in the 500 block of North Cumberland Street. Police said no one was at home when officers arrived with a search warrant. However, Brice reportedly drove by a few minutes later. Officers followed the car Brice was driving and stopped it near the intersection of East Deaderick and North Church Streets where he was taken into custody. A passenger reportedly exited the car and fled on foot in a westward direction carrying a black duffle bag with an officer in pursuit. While the pursuing officer caught the suspect trying to cross a chain link fence, the suspect managed to escape when the officer got caught on the fence. That suspect is believed to have also received cuts and scrapes from the fence and he is described as a 25-30 year old black male, approximately 5’ 6” tall with a stocky build, medium complexion and a short haircut. He was wearing grey shorts, a white tee shirt and red and white tennis shoes. Sometime later, Yakema Whiteside was located by officers and taken into custody. Police believe the estimated street value of the marijuana is $41,600. Additionally, $645 in U.S. currency that was in Brice’s possession, a flat screen television, a computer and cell phone which are believed to be the proceeds of drug sales were seized by officers under the civil forfeiture laws of the Tennessee Drug Control Act. The investigation continues to identify, apprehend and charge the unknown third suspect that fled from Brice’s vehicle. Anyone with additional information about this case or any other drug activity can call the Jackson Madison County Metro Narcotics Unit at 731-424-6485 or CrimeStoppers at 731-424-8477.