A man and woman believed to be involved in the sale and delivery of illegal narcotics were arrested at their home on Charity Lane today (Tuesday) as the result of an investigation by the Smithville Police Department.
42 year old Steve Mabe, Jr. and 36 year old Martha Conger Hale are each charged with sale and delivery of a schedule II controlled substance (cocaine). Mabe, a convicted felon, is also charged with illegal possession of a firearm. Hale is further charged with violation of probation. Bond for Mabe is $30,000. Hale's bond is $25,000
According to Police Chief Mark Collins, the evidence against the two was discovered during a recent probation search at the residence. "Hale was on probation from a DUI conviction but probation officers had taken warrants on her for probation violation after she failed a drug test. We (Smithville Police) accompanied the probation officers to Hale's home on Wednesday, March 16 to execute a probation search on Martha. During that search we found illegal narcotics, drug paraphernalia, guns and a safe in their bedroom which they (Hale and Mabe) refused to open. Martha was arrested that day (March 16) on a charge of violation of probation. She later posted bond and was released," he said.
Police seized the safe and later obtained a search warrant to open it. " The search warrant on the safe was executed last Thursday, March 24. In that safe we found 16 grams of cocaine, a large sum of money, personal documents belonging to both Martha and Steve and other miscellaneous items including jewelry, coins, and things like that. Based on what we found in that safe we had reason to believe there was more evidence in their house so we obtained another search warrant which was executed today (Tuesday)," said Chief Collins.
According to Chief Collins the search Tuesday at the home of Mabe and Hale turned up more evidence and the case remains under investigation for possible additional charges against the two.