Hundreds of enthusiastic kids and grown ups alike braved the cold weather Saturday for the sights and sounds of the Smithville Christmas Parade, sponsored by the Smithville Volunteer Fire Department.
Winning first place among the float entries was the Matthews Family for their theme "The True Meaning of Christmas". Second Place went to Girl Scout Troop #1915 and the Calvary Baptist Church Float received third place for the theme "Go Tell It On The Mountain".
The Spirit Award, presented by the Smithville Business and Professional Women's Club, went to Girl Scout Troop #2020.
This year's parade featured other floats, horseback riders, horse drawn wagons, boy and girl scouts, vintage automobiles, emergency vehicles, local politicians, and of course, Santa Claus. The Grand Marshalls of the parade were Mr. and Mrs. DeKalb County Butch and Cynthia Agee. State Senator Mae Beavers and State Representative Terri Lynn Weaver also rode in the parade.
(PLAY LINK BELOW TO SEE THE ENTIRE SMITHVILLE CHRISTMAS PARADE)
Calling her one of the top Dilaudid drug dealers in the county, Sheriff Patrick Ray and members of the DeKalb County Sheriff's Department arrested 52 year old Tommye Lou Bell at her travel trailer residence at 136 Hawkins Drive Thursday night while executing a search warrant.
During the raid, officers found 135 Dilaudid pills and recovered almost $1,400 in cash, believed to be from drug transactions.
Bell is charged with possession of a schedule II drug (Dilaudid) for sale and delivery. She is under a $20,000 bond and will make a court appearance December 12. She could also lose the travel trailer home where she was living. The Sheriff's Department hopes to have it seized.
Sheriff Ray told WJLE that the Sheriff's Department's drug detectives have had Bell under surveillance for some time and Thursday night officers executed a search warrant at Bell's home. " She is a well known drug dealer. Bell is considered one of the top Dilaudid drug dealers in the county," said Sheriff Ray. "Through our surveillance, we observed well known drug addicts coming and going from her home, staying only a short time. Through our lengthy investigation, we were able to do undercover drug buys at Bell's home," he said.
"While executing the search warrant Thursday night, we found that Bell had a bottle on her person containing 130 Dilaudid pills. We also found a small container in a living room chair that contained five Dilaudid pills. Along with the 135 Dilaudid pills, we were able to seize $1,394 in cash. We are in the process of checking with the state to seize her residence which is a travel trailer," said Sheriff Ray.
According to Sheriff Ray, Dilaudids are $40 to $60 per pill on the street. He said this raid produced between $5,400 and $8,100 worth of pills.
The case was investigated by drug detectives of the DeKalb County Sheriff's Department.