A Smithville woman has been charged with trying to smuggle drugs into the jail.
Sheriff Patrick Ray says 24 year old Laura B. Elmore of Gentry Avenue, Smithville was arrested Wednesday, November 25th for facilitation to introduce drugs into a penal institution where prisoners are quartered. On November 13th, detectives and deputies were summoned to a beauty shop in Smithville where a woman had reportedly come into the business and purchased a bottle of shampoo. After making the purchase, the woman left the business but returned a short time later stating that she intended to take the shampoo to the DeKalb County Jail, but had forgotten that the jail would not accept shampoo unless it was signed into the facility by a registered beautician. The woman left the bottle at the business with the intent for the owner or employees to take the bottle of shampoo to the jail. After an investigation, detectives discovered that the bottle of shampoo contained two straws that were taped on each end. The straws contained 19 pills believed to be Xanax and 12 pills believed to be Oxycodone. Elmore was identified as the person who bought and returned the bottle of shampoo. Detectives allege that Elmore intended to slip the pills into the jail by hiding them in the bottle. Elmore's bond was set at $2,500 and she will appear in court on December 3rd.
Meanwhile, on Saturday, November 28th, the DeKalb County Sheriff's Department's K-9 officer was patrolling on Highway 56 North and observed a vehicle fail to yield to a stop sign at the intersection of Cookeville Highway and Craft Center Drive. The officer stopped the automobile and the driver, 20 year old Samuel Max Meketon of Byrne Apartments Cookeville, showed him an identification card. When the officer checked the number, Meketon's license was found to be suspended for an unpaid citation in Pennsylvania. The K-9 officer then allowed the K-9 dog, Banshee, to run around the vehicle. Banshee alerted at the trunk. Upon checking the trunk, the officer found a pillow case that contained 2 bags of a green leafy substance believed to be marijuana. Meketon was arrested for a first offense of driving on a suspended license and simple possession of a schedule VI drug. His bond was set at $2,500 and he will appear in court on December 31st.
Also on Saturday, a deputy, while on patrol on Midway Road, spotted a vehicle weaving in the roadway. After stopping the automobile, the officer found 23 year old Zack Ross Hendrixson of West Main Street Hickman to be the driver. The deputy checked Hendrixson's driver's license and discovered that they were suspended for failure to satisfy a citation in Putnam County on August 23rd. The officer also found in Hendrixson's car under the seat, a sunglasses case that contained a glass pipe with marijuana residue, 2 plastic bags of a green leafy substance believed to be marijuana, and a pill believed to be Suboxone. Rolling papers were also found in the glove compartment of the car. Hendrixson was charged with driving on a suspended license, possession of drug paraphernalia, simple possession of a schedule III drug Suboxone, and simple possession of a schedule VI drug marijuana. Bond for Hendrixson was set at $5,000 and he will appear in court on December 10th.