THAYER -- Miscommunication from a phone conversation led to the arrest of two local women on drug charges.
In a probable cause statement from the prosecuting attorney's office, Thayer Police Officer Michael Bunting stated that while he was breaking up a party involving minors on North Street in Thayer Dec. 21, the phone at the residence where the party was being held started to ring.
Bunting said he answered the phone and told the caller he was Mike with the Thayer Police Department. The person calling, Derek Protonentis, lived at the residence and Officer Bunting told him he needed to come home.
Bunting said Protonentis started cussing and he hung the phone up. The officer stated that while he was gathering drug paraphernalia from the residence the phone rang again and this time it was a female, Protonentis' girlfriend. The officer said he asked the woman to bring Protonentis back to the house.
This is when Bunting said things became strange. In his statement he said the caller started asking for money to buy a half-ounce of marijuana. The officer said he repeated he was Mike with the Thayer Police Department. "The caller said 'If you guys want the half-ounce we need $75.' I then said come here and get it," Bunting said.
Later, the caller identified as Ronda Green and Protonentis showed up at the residence on North Street. Green told Bunting with all the noise going on at the house she could not hear good and that is why she talked to him about the marijuana. Green said she had just come from Chris Jewell's house.
I notified officer Darren Sorrell to set in the alley near Christina Jewell's house at 316 Arch Street and to call me when a vehicle showed up.
Sorrell said the vehicle was there and two people were standing outside.
As the two officers entered the Jewell house, James Brenner was coming out of the bathroom. The officer said he noticed a bag of marijuana on the floor by his feet. The officer said Brenner said he did not know what it was.
Bunting said he read Jewell her rights and told her how he knew about the marijuana deal and what he had heard on the phone. Jewell then said that Brandi Johnson had bought some weed for Protonentis.
Johnson admitted to buying the half-ounce for $75 and said she gave the marijuana to Jewell, Bunting said.
When the officer asked her where the marijuana was, she asked him to turn his head around because it was down her shirt. Jewell said she was holding the marijuana for Protonentis.
Jewell, 42, and Johnson, 27, were charged with distribution, delivery or sale of a controlled substance. They are scheduled to appear in court later this month.