Duke with confiscated marijuana. Photo courtesy of Hope Police Department.
Duke with confiscated marijuana. Photo courtesy of Hope Police Department.

Correction: Due to a source error, the charges listed in earlier versions of this story were incorrect. 

Press Release

On Tuesday, Officer Adam Mathis was stationary on Harrison St in front of the Hope Police Department. He observed a silver Honda passenger car fail to come to a complete stop at the stop sign at Jackson St. and Harrison St.

Officer Mathis stopped the carat Jackson and Bradley streets and contacted the driver, identified as Randall Bland Jr. While speaking with Bland about the reason for the traffic stop, an odor of marijuana could be smelled coming from the vehicle. Officer Everroad and K9 Duke were called out for a drug sniff of the vehicle. Officer Everroad deployed  Duke and he alerted on the driver’s door of the vehicle.

During the subsequent search of the vehicle, three small clear bags of a green leafy substance, one larger bag with a green leafy substance. three burnt marijuana roaches, a smoking pipe, a digital scale, and approximately ten small clear plastic bags were found inside the vehicle. All of the leafy material field tested positive for marijuana. The total weight of the marijuana was approximately 50 grams.

During a patdown of the vehicle occupants, one subject fled from officers on foot. The suspect, Charles Freeman, was found a short time later at a residence on Jackson Street. It was also found that Freeman had a body attachment warrant out of Bartholomew County.

All four men in the vehicle were arrested and transported to the Bartholomew County Jail. Charges include: 

  • Randall Bland Jr., 34, of Seymour: Possession of marijuana, possession of paraphernalia.
  • Daniel Lunsford, 20, of Columbus:  Possession of marijuana, possession of paraphernalia.
  • Jamal Marshall, 18, of Nashville:  Possession of marijuana, possession of paraphernalia.
  • Charles Freeman, 27, of Columbus:  Possession of marijuana, possession of paraphernalia, resisting law enforcement, false informing, Bartholomew County warrant.