Two Cherokee residents were arrested earlier this week in Storm Lake for illegal possession of a firearm.
The Storm Lake Police Department on Tuesday afternoon conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle in the 12 hundred block of Seneca Street. Police allege they observed the occupants of the vehicle shortly before removing property from an apartment at 1804 East Milwaukee Avenue, which was connected with an ongoing investigation.
The occupants of the vehicle were identified as 28-year-old Aihlee Boutte of Cherokee and 27-year-old Tiffany Pinneke of Cherokee. Police secured the vehicle and obtained a search warrant for the contents. Following a search, police allegedly located a .45 caliber handgun and approximately 2.5 pounds of marijuana within the vehicle. Police allege both individuals were previously convicted of a domestic violence crime.
Pinneke and Boutte surrendered themselves to the Buena Vista County Jail on Tuesday. They were each charged with Possession/Dominion of a Firearm by a Prohibited Person, a class D felony. They were each booked into the Buena Vista County Jail on a five-thousand dollar bond.
Storm Lake Police also issued charges against the lessee of the residence where the items were removed. 32-year-old Faheem Boutte was charged with Possession of a Controlled Substance With Intent to Deliver and Tax Stamp Violation, a class D felony. Faheem Boutte was previously booked into the BV County Jail in connection to an alleged assault outside an apartment complex earlier this month.