Nine of the 10 suspects who were arrested during a search warrant after a marijuana cigarette was found in a child's Easter basket at a Shawnee school are now formally charged with five felony counts.

Nine of the 10 suspects who were arrested during a search warrant after a marijuana cigarette was found in a child's Easter basket at a Shawnee school are now formally charged with five felony counts.

James Ponkilla, 22, Charles Ponkilla, 19, Crystal Ponkilla, 37, Brenda Ponkilla, 56, Alisha Ponkilla, 27, Dylan Ponkilla, 31, Bobby Billey, 33, Stanley Johnson, 21, and Maia Davis, 25, were all charged in Pottawatomie County District Court.

Each face felonies of cultivation of controlled dangerous substance, possession of controlled dangerous substance with intent to distribute, possession of CDS, possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony and child neglect. Each also face a misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia charge.

Thomas Walters, 21, who also was arrested in the case, has been charged with misdemeanor counts of possession of CDS and unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia.

Charges are the result of an investigation that began when a teacher discovered a marijuana cigarette inside a student's Easter egg basket at school.

Shawnee Police Cpl. Vivian Lozano said officers first responded about 3:33 p.m. April 12 to a local school after a teacher counting eggs found the marijuana cigarette in a basket that had been dropped off by the student’s aunt.

That night, the Shawnee Police Department, Sac and Fox Nation Police Department, Pottawatomie County Sheriff’s Office Warrant Team, City of Shawnee Marshals and the District 23 Drug and Violent Crime Task Force served a search warrant at 304 S. Osage.

As officers cleared the house, Lozano said an “overwhelming odor of marijuana” was detected inside the home. Ten adults and six juveniles were found inside, she reported.

“Officers located four styrofoam containers by the back door of the home that were filled with dirt and had green plants growing out of them,” Lozano said, adding they were identified as marijuana plants.

Officers also located some grinders, smoking pipes, digital scales, a mirror with white crystal residue on it, loose green leafy substance and a shotgun in the residence, she added.

Lozano said the children involved were released to the care of the Department of Human Services.

Next court dates for the defendants have not yet been scheduled.

With the exception of Johnson, all remain jailed in the Pottawatomie County Public Safety Center.