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Man Arrested After Putting Pot in Courthouse Security Tray

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Vaughn Ray Jones Jr. Vaughn Ray Jones Jr.
Cleveland County Deputies Steve Lucas and Jacob Wheeler working the courthouse security checkpoint. Cleveland County Deputies Steve Lucas and Jacob Wheeler working the courthouse security checkpoint.

By Gan Matthews, NEWS 9

OKLAHOMA CITY -- A man was arrested after placing pot in the security tray at a courthouse checkpoint.

Cleveland County Deputies Steve Lucas and Jacob Wheeler said when Vaughn Ray Jones Jr. first went through the courthouse security checkpoint on Tuesday he put his belongings in a tray, including a bag of marijuana. When the deputies tried to arrest the 28-year-old, he ran off and got away.

But on Wednesday, Jones returned at almost the same time to the checkpoint. This time Jones was wearing a hat in an apparent attempt at disguise. Deputies handcuffed Jones and took him into custody. 

"You gotta wonder about somebody that's gonna bring marijuana in a courthouse, put it in a bowl--that's gotta be a mistake," Lucas said. "I guess he thought there would be different people here. It wasn't a very good disguise, to put a hat on."

Jones has several felony convictions in his past.

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