Man Found with 62 Pills during Traffic Stop Arrested by Smithville Police

June 7, 2010
Dwayne Page

Smithville Police recently arrested a 27 year old DeKalb County man for possession of drugs after he was found with sixty two pills during a traffic stop, for which he had no prescription.

27 year old Nathan Joe Trapp of 379 Magness Road is charged with possession of a schedule III & IV controlled substance for resale and simple possession. K-9 Officer Bradley Tatrow pulled over Trapp during a traffic stop, after noticing his vehicle weaving in the roadway. Trapp said the reason he was weaving was because he was checking his text messages. Upon issuing Trapp a citation for failure to maintain proper lane of travel, Officer Tatrow deployed K-9 Leo and the dog indicated on the passenger side door of Trapp's vehicle. Officer Tatrow, during a search, recovered a black bag from the passenger floor board with 62 assorted pills. Trapp did not have a prescription for the pills.

43 year old Miguel Pascual Lopez of Monterey and 54 year old Carmello Cortez Garcia of Smith Road were arrested on Saturday, May 29th for driving under the influence and public intoxication. Officers were called to Kwik N Ezy to check out a possible intoxicated driver. They followed the vehicle a short distance and witnessed it swerving and almost wreck onto the sidewalk. Corporal Travis Bryant and Officer David Phillips initiated a traffic stop and found Lopez to be the driver. Lopez had a strong odor of alcohol on his person. He was asked to exit the vehicle. Lopez submitted to field sobriety tasks and performed poorly. Officer Phillips arrested Lopez for DUI. Garcia, a passenger of the vehicle, had a very strong odor of alcohol on his person. His speech was slurred and he was unsteady on his feet. Garcia was charged with public intoxication. Bond for Lopez is $1,500. Garcia's bond is $1,000. Their court date is June 24th.

51 year old Susan Pirtle Green of 700 Rolling Acres Road was arrested on Saturday, May 29th for driving on a revoked license. K-9 Officer Bradley Tatrow observed Green fail to maintain proper lane of travel. She was stopped by police and a computer check revealed her license to be suspended from Warren County. Green produced a restricted license authorizing her to drive Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday. Green's bond is $1,500 and her court date is June 24th.

42 year old David Howard Dixon of 624 Crestlawn Avenue was arrested on Monday, May 31st for domestic assault. Dixon allegedly assaulted his girlfriend by hitting her in the face and about the body with his fist causing her to require emergency treatment. Officer David Phillips made the arrest. Bond for Dixon is $5,000 and his court date is July 8th.

On Tuesday, June 1st, Officer Scott Davis arrested 34 year old Sharon Skinner of 308 Bell Street on warrants taken by Officer Jerry Hutchins April 29th for theft. On April 6th, Sergeant Randy King took a report for Mike Jennings stating that Skinner had taken his vehicle without his permission. The vehicle was later discovered by Officer Hutchins to have been sold by Ms. Skinner to Ivy Bluff Salvage yard. Bond for Skinner is $7,500 and her court date is June 10th.

22 year old Priscilla Leann Roberts of 2323 Students Home Road was cited for shoplifting on Tuesday, June 1st. Ms. Roberts allegedly attempted to leave the Dollar Tree with 14 items without paying for them. The citation was issued by Officer Jerry Hutchins. Her court date is June 10th.

24 year old Julian Hernandez Lopez of 620 South Mountain Street is charged with driving under the influence and Angel Figueroa Hernandez of Highway 70 West faces a public intoxication charge after being arrested by K-9 Officer Bradley Tatrow and Sergeant Joey Jones on Thursday, June 3rd. Police received a call stating that a black car occupied by two males was running people off the road. Central dispatch reported that the vehicle went through the four way stop at Webb Street and was going toward the public square. Officer Tatrow saw the vehicle pull up onto the side walk in front of the DeKalb County Board of Education and almost hit the building. The vehicle was pulled over. According to K-9 Officer Tatrow, Lopez, the driver, had a strong odor of an alcoholic beverage on his person and he could not stand without assistance. Due to the language barrier and his intoxicated state, no field sobriety tasks were administered and he was arrested for DUI. Sergeant Jones noticed that Hernandez, a passenger of the vehicle, had blood shot eyes. He was unsteady on his feet and he had an odor of an alcoholic beverage on his person. Hernandez was arrested for public intoxication. Bond for each was set at $1,000 and their court date is June 24th.

Meanwhile, anyone having information on the following offenses is asked to please contact the Smithville Police Department at 597-8210 or the Tip Line at 464-6046.

On Friday, May 28th, William Snipes of 518 Miller Road reported that a 2008 Poulan Self Propelled 22" push mower was taken from his patio sometime between May 26th and May 28th.

On Tuesday, June 1st Sheila Hunter, an employee of the Discount Tobacco Store, reported that someone had cut the phone lines of the business either during the late night hours of May 31st or early morning hours of June 1st.

Any information received that will help the Smithville Police solve any criminal offense will be greatly appreciated. All information is confidential.

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