Traffic stops by Smithville Police in recent days have resulted in drug charges.
Smithville Police Chief Richard Jennings says 29 year old Heather Renee Perkins of 314 Mountain View Drive was arrested on October 5th for possession of a schedule IV and VI controlled substance for resale, and two counts of simple possession of a schedule II and IV controlled substance. The police report states that Officer Bradley Tatrow was requested by Officer Randy King to come to his traffic stop to conduct a K-9 deployment. Upon arrival he made contact with Officer King who said that he could smell the odor of marijuana coming from the vehicle. Officer King was in the process of issuing a citation to Ms Perkins and he asked Tatrow to speak with her. Officer Tatrow said he too could smell the odor of marijuana coming from the vehicle. He asked Perkins if she would step from the vehicle and talk to him. She complied with the request and exited the vehicle. Tatrow asked her if she had any illegal weapons, narcotics or alcohol in her vehicle. She replied that she had some pills in her purse and that there was some marijuana in the front seat. He asked for and received verbal consent to enter the vehicle and retrieve those items. Officer Tatrow confiscated a Wal-Mart bag from the front seat that had approximately ½ pound of marijuana. He also found 50 pills in her purse. Thirty four of the pills recovered were identified as 2 Percocet, 26 Xanax, 1 Oxycontin, 1 Diazipam and 4 Zolidem. Perkins was placed under arrest and charged. Her bond was set at $16,000 and her court date is October 15th in General Sessions Court.
Meanwhile, 24 year old Brandon Tucker and 25 year old Violet Tucker of 7121 Banks Pisgah Road were arrested on October 6th for possession of a schedule IV & VI controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia, driving under the influence and driving on a revoked license. On that day, Officer Randy King saw Brandon Tucker at 318 Bell Street Apartments. He came out of a residence at the apartment complex, walked into the parking lot, and proceeded to check the tires on the red Toyota pickup that he was entering. Tucker appeared to be unsteady on his feet. As he left the complex, Officer King followed and then stopped him at the corner of Duncan Street and Highway 70. Officer King approached the vehicle and immediately noticed that Tucker's pupils were dilated. He asked for his driver's license, registration and proof of insurance. Tucker said that his license was suspended and that the vehicle belonged to his step father, Charles Napier. He could not produce proof of insurance. Officer King along with THP Officer Dewaine Jennings performed field sobriety tests but Tucker performed poorly. He told the officers that he had smoked marijuana that morning and that he sometimes took sleeping pills. He was arrested for driving under the influence and driving on a revoked license. Meanwhile Violet Tucker, who was apparently with Brandon Tucker in the vehicle, admitted to Trooper Jennings, during questioning, that she had marijuana on her person. She also said there was Xanax in her purse and that she had a prescription for them but she could not produce a prescription at the time of the traffic stop. While searching the interior of the vehicle, Officer King found two white pills believed to be Tylenol along with a straw and a pill crusher. Ms Tucker said she used both to snort her medication. The marijuana weighed approx .15 ounces. Violet Tucker was arrested for possession of a schedule IV & VI controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia. Her bond was set at $4,000. Brandon Tucker's bond was set at $3,000. The court date for both is October 29th.
In another case, 23 year old Steven Kyle Nash of 4301 Owl Hollow Road Belvidere, Tennessee was arrested October 2nd for simple possession of a schedule VI drug. According to the report, on that day, Officer Matt Holmes was traveling east bound behind a red Buick when he noticed that the driver appeared not to be wearing a seatbelt. Holmes initiated a traffic stop in front of Walker Tenneco. The vehicle came to stop at Terrell Road and Highway 70. After speaking with the driver, Elizabeth Riley, Officer Holmes determined that her seat belt was not properly working. Riley said the seatbelt had not worked in a while. Riley added that she did not have a drivers license. Officer Holmes allowed her to call for someone to come get her and her passenger, Nash. While Holmes was waiting in his patrol car, Nash exited the vehicle. Holmes asked Nash for his information and when he checked his name and date of birth through Central Dispatch Holmes was advised that Nash's name had been entered into NCIC for violation of parole and violent tendencies. After Officer Travis Bryant and Deputy Bobby Johnson arrived on the scene, Officer Holmes told Nash that he was under arrest. Upon a pat down search, Nash admitted that he had a joint in his right front pocket. Nash reached in the pocket and handed Holmes a small bag of a green leafy substance believed to be marijuana weighing one gram. Nash was transported to the Smithville Police Department. Officer Bryant stayed on the scene with Riley until her parents arrived to get her. Bond for Nash was set at $1,000 and his court date is set for October 15th in General Sessions Court.
26 year old Nicholas Chad Pippin of 4755 Fanchers Mill Road, Sparta was arrested on October 2nd on an attachment for contempt. According to the report, Patrolman Travis K. Bryant was dispatched to the area of East Broad Street regarding two motorcycles driving recklessly. Bryant, who saw the motorcycles enter the city limits, made a traffic stop at DeKalb Tire & Service. He checked for a valid license and outstanding warrants and was advised by dispatch that Pippin had an attachment for contempt out of White County. He was arrested and transported to the Smithville Police Department.
54 year old Jackie Sanders of 632 Highland Street was arrested October 3rd for public intoxication. On that day, Patrolman Travis K Bryant was dispatched to 621 Highland Street regarding an unwanted guest. Upon arrival he observed a man sitting on the ground who was involved in a verbal altercation with the residents there. The man was bleeding from his arm and had a small cut on his nose. The man, identified as Jackie Sanders, had a strong odor of alcohol on his person and he appeared to be disoriented. He also had slurred speech and was unsteady on his feet. Sanders was placed under arrest for public intoxication and he was transported to the Smithville Police Department. His bond was set at $1,000 and his court date is October 15th.
Sanders was arrested again on October 7th for filing a false police report on October 3rd. Officer Matt Holmes responded to the emergency room of DeKalb Community Hospital where he met with Sanders who said he was transported to the DeKalb County Jail by Officer Travis Bryant. Sanders told Holmes that two large men in black put him in a concrete room with a toilet and brought him a tray of food. He added that before he could get to the food, one of the men threw the tray into the door. Sanders said both men began hitting him with large black sticks and that he fell to the floor. Sanders further said that he would submit to a polygraph test.
During the investigation, Officer Holmes said Sanders gave conflicting stories to him, Detective Mike Billings of the DeKalb County Sheriff's Department, and Smithville Police Chief Richard Jennings. Warrants were taken and Sanders was arrested by the Sheriff's Department for filing a false report. His bond was set at $1,000.
33 year old Crystal Deck of 179 Kings Court Circle was arrested October 3rd for theft under $500. On that day. Patrolman Travis K Bryant responded to Food Lion concerning a shoplifter. Upon arrival he made contact with the manager Todd Phillips and the suspect, Crystal Deck. Phillips said he saw Ms Deck take a package of BC Powder medicine, place it under her armpit, and then attempt to leave the store. Deck was placed under arrest and transported to the Smithville Police Department. The theft was recorded by the store security camera system. The value of the stolen medicine is $5.69. Deck's bond was set at $1000 and her court date in General Sessions is October 29th.
Meanwhile Chief Jennings is asking anyone with information on the following offenses to please contact the Smithville Police Department.
On October 2nd at approximately 10:00 a.m. Officer Matt Holmes responded to 630 Highland Street where he met with Josh & Ellisa Howard who said when they returned home they discovered that someone had entered their residence while they were away and damaged their property. Their remote & IPod touch had been broken, one of their checks had been ripped up and an unknown liquid had been poured onto their couch.
Meanwhile, on October 5th at approximately 6:28 a.m. Lieutenant Steven Leffew was dispatched to Denny Lamp Company concerning a vandalism to a vehicle. Larry Hale showed Lieutenant Leffew where someone had busted the windshield on his vehicle. No property was reported missing.
Any information received that will help the Smithville Police Department solve any criminal offenses will be greatly appreciated. All information is confidential.