By Patrick Yost
A Morgan County deputy responding to a possible burglary in the Mallard Ridge subdivision instead arrested a man on LSD and marijuana charges.
According to Morgan County Sheriff’s Office reports, James Lee Jenkins, Jr. 43, Madison was arrested after Sgt. Kevin Berisko, Morgan County Sheriff’s Office, responded to a suspicious vehicle complaint at a Drake Road residence at 9 p.m. on Friday, January 13.
Berisko said when he arrived he met with a neighbor of the Drake Road residence who reported that they had observed two subjects in an unknown truck drive through a wooded area behind the house. The deputy also observed a black SUV type vehicle backed up to the side of the house.
Reports state that the neighbor reported that the house had suffered a burglary a few days prior to the incident.
Sgt. Berisko said after he checked the outside of the residence and found all doors secured, he noticed a brown bank bag on top of a wooden trash can enclosure. Sgt. Berisko said as he moved closer to the bag he smelled green marijuana. He opened the bag and found two clear baggies containing marijuana, a blue smoking pipe, rolling papers, a digital scale and an orange pill bottle with Jenkins name on the pill bottle label.
A second deputy arrived and as Berisko and the second deputy were walking back to the neighbor’s house, Jenkins and a woman appeared from the wooded area behind the residence. Berisko queried both regarding the bank bag and the woman and Jenkins denied knowledge of the bag.
Berisko then informed Jenkins that the pill bottle in the bag had his name on it at which point he allegedly said “So I smoke a little weed, can you help me out?”
Berisko then walked Jenkins to his patrol car to empty the bag. When he opened the pill bottle he observed a small plastic bag that alleged contained a small piece of paper that contained two hits of Lysergic Acid Diethylamide (LSD).
Jenkins was then charged with one count possession of a schedule 1 controlled substance, one count possession of marijuana, less than an ounce and one count possession of drug related items.