Four Arrested On Drug Charges By The Sheriff's Department

November 29, 2006
by: 
Dwayne Page

The DeKalb County Sheriff's Department arrested four people on drug charges late Tuesday night after a routine traffic stop on South Mountain Street in Smithville turned up crack cocaine, methamphetamine, marijuana, drug paraphernalia, and a loaded weapon.

Sheriff Patrick Ray says 23 year old Chris Martin of Cookeville Highway, Smithville is charged with possession of a weapon with intent to go armed and possession of a schedule II controlled substance (crack cocaine) with intent to sell and deliver. His bond is set at $52,500.

18 year old Brandon Gurley of Foster Road, Smithville is charged with possession of a schedule II controlled substance (crack cocaine) with intent to sell or deliver. His bond is $50,000.

20 year old Danielle Staggs of Will Road, Woodbury is charged with possession of a schedule II controlled substance (crack cocaine) with intent to sell or deliver. Her bond is $50,000. She is also wanted on a failure to appear charge in Wilson County for underage consumption.

22 year old Amy Estes of Banks Pisgah Road, Smithville is charged with possession of a schedule II controlled substance (crack cocaine) with intent to sell or deliver, possession of a schedule II controlled substance (methamphetamine), possession of a schedule VI controlled substance (marijuana), and possession of drug paraphernalia. Her total bond is $62,000.

Estes' vehicle, a 1997 Thunderbird was also seized, some cash was recovered, and the Tennessee Department of Revenue will be contacted for collection of the drug tax on the items found.

Sheriff Ray says after deputies made the traffic stop, they suspected there might be drugs in the car so they contacted the Smithville Police Department and requested that their drug dog be brought to the scene. The dog alerted on the vehicle and upon a search of the car, officers found in excess of six grams of crack cocaine and a loaded 9 millimeter semi-automatic handgun.

Sheriff Ray says upon a field interview, Estes was found to have concealed some methamphetamine and marijuana in her body cavity.

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