Presidential candidate arrested for drugs

By Racey Burden | Published Saturday, January 20, 2018

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Roadside Arrest

ROADSIDE ARREST – Libertarian presidential candidate and activist Adam Kokesh was arrested Tuesday in Decatur after a search of his RV allegedly yielded drugs. Kokesh’s followers are protesting his arrest. Messenger photo by Joe Duty

A 2020 presidential candidate was arrested in Decatur Tuesday after a traffic stop by Department of Public Safety troopers.

Adam Kokesh

Adam Kokesh, 35, a libertarian who announced his candidacy that same day, was booked into the Wise County Jail on charges of possession of a controlled substance penalty group one and two, possession of marijuana and tamper/fabricate physical evidence with intent to impair.

DPS spokesman Lt. Lonny Haschel said in an email Kokesh was stopped around 12:45 p.m. Tuesday for a traffic violation on U.S. 380 in Decatur. During the stop, troopers called for a K-9 officer. The K-9 alerted on Kokesh’s recreational vehicle, which led to a search where officers found Kokesh to be in possession of drugs, according to Haschel.

Kokesh filmed the traffic stop, and the video has been uploaded to his YouTube page. In the video, Trooper Patrick Garcia tells Kokesh he was stopped for going 74 mph in a 65 mph zone.

“At this point in time the dog did alert, so we’re going to a whole ‘nother level,” Garcia says. He then tells Kokesh to turn off the camera.

As he’s turning off the camera, Kokesh says, “If you don’t hear from me… in about 20, 30 minutes, please come find me.”

Kokesh, who has an Ash Fork, Ariz. address, was still in jail at press time Friday with bond set at $76,500. Sheriff Lane Akin said about a half dozen protesters gathered outside the jail the Friday following Kokesh’s arrest, and the sheriff’s office’s phone lines and Facebook page have been flooded with the outcry from Kokesh’s supporters, who want him released.

A video posted by Kokesh’s girlfriend on his website,, said that he hadn’t been allowed to meet with his attorney as of Friday and also claimed the jail was not accommodating Kokesh as an injured veteran.

“We’re treating him as we do any other prisoner in jail,” Akin said. “He’s protesting the bond and has said he will not leave jail until the bond is zero.

“He’s free to go if he posts bond.”

Kokesh, a former Marine who served in Iraq, is now an anti-war and anti-government activist. He was placed on two-year probation in 2014 by a Washington D.C. Superior Court Judge after videotaping himself loading a shotgun near the White House in July 2013.

If elected president in 2020, Kokesh has said his goal is to abolish the federal government.

2 Responses to “Presidential candidate arrested for drugs”

  1. says:

    Sure, go with that false narrative. The revenue pirate cops planted it there and just wanted to pick on someone for no apparent reason. Kokesh is just another victim of the crooked legal system, both of the law enforcement and of the courts.

  2. says:

    Please tell me your comment is a joke!! The false narrative… Kokesh broke the law he was speading and had an “illegal substance” in his vehicle. The same would happen to me in that scenario so why is he any different. All you crybabys need to just except that fact that the guy broke the law. It wasnt local law informent that pulled him over anyway, it was state. The guy can post bond and leave he is just too stuborn to except his disciplinary action. All you idiots talking about him being kidnapped and held for ransom, please get some more sleep or get sobor or something youre not making any sense. Ok off my soap box…


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