Deputies arrest 2 with narcotics at cemetery south of Porter
On 1/30/24 at approximately 0715 hours, Wagoner County Deputy J. Busch was dispatched to a cemetery located at 5300 W 50th St N for a suspicious vehicle that had been sitting in cemetery since approximately 0430 hours.
Upon arrival, Deputy Busch observed the vehicle matching the description parked facing southbound on the north side of the cemetery. Upon making contact with the vehicle, he observed a male and female asleep in the back seat. Upon approach, the Deputy was also able to smell a strong odor commonly associated with marijuana coming from the vehicle with the doors shut and all windows up. After knocking on the back driver side window of the vehicle and speaking with the pair, the male subject identified as Joseph Fanelli. The female subject was identified as Jessee Tao. Undersheriff M. Secrist arrived a short time later to assist.
While talking with Jessee and Joseph, the odor of marijuana became stronger after the back driver side door was opened, and Jessee stated that the reason they were at the cemetery was due to her and Joseph being homeless. At that time, Deputy Busch stated that he could smell the odor of marijuana coming from the vehicle and asked Jesse and Joseph if they had a valid medical marijuana license, which neither possessed. Upon searching the vehicle deputies discovered a white crystal-like substance and 2 large bags of a green leafy substance.
Both individuals were taken into custody without incident and transported to the Wagoner County Detention Center. Jessee Tao was charged with Possession of Marijuana and Possession of Paraphernalia. Joseph Fanelli was charged for Possession of Marijuana, Possession of Methamphetamine, and Possession of Paraphernalia