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Wichita County Republican Party official charged with possession of marijuana, hash

Jonathan Paul Lyne
Jonathan Paul Lyne

The son of a former Wichita Falls mayor who is also the treasurer of the Wichita County Republican Party has been arrested for possession of marijuana and hash.

Wichita Falls Police say the investigation into 23-year-old Jonathan Paul Lyne began on March 10, when the Wichita County District Attorney’s Drug Enforcement Division executed a search warrant for an iPhone 4 for evidence.

The arrest affidavit stated that on March 11, detectives noticed a text message and an attached photograph involving about nine grams of hash oil and how much it would cost according to News Channel 6.

Lyne consented to a search of his phone and home, and investigators say they found hash, marijuana, and drug paraphernalia, and because his home is near Cunningham Elementary School, police say that it is a drug free zone.

Lyne was charged with Manufacture/Delivery Of A Substance Over 1 Gram/Under 4 Grams In A Drug Free Zone.

Lyne became the Wichita County Republican Party Treasurer in February. Officials from the Wichita County Republican Party say they will discuss his position within the organization at the next executive meeting.

Since bonding out of jail, Lyne has been hit with an additional charge of Tampering With or Fabricating Physical Evidence.

Police say that on March 12, Lyne’s phone was in the evidence room, but the contacts, text messages and photographs had been cleared remotely and erased.

Authorities believe Lyne remotely erased all the incriminating information from his cell phone.

By: Stephen Carter

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Stephen Carter is a journalist and information technology specialist living in Waco, Texas. He has been working with the cannabis movement since 2009. He founded Texas Cannabis Report in 2013 to bring Texans accurate cannabis related news.

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