Smithville Police Charge Five in Meth Lab Discovery

September 13, 2011
by: 
Dwayne Page
David Anderson
Travis Dwayne Rich
Tammy Lynette Jones
Amy Pedigo Ford
Jessica Renee Bogle

The Smithville Police Department has charged five people with initiation of a process to manufacture methamphetamine after finding a meth lab in what was supposed to be a vacant apartment at South Fork Apartments on Wednesday, September 7th.

44 year old Tammy Lynette Jones, 23 year old Travis Dwayne Rich, 42 year old David Anderson, 32 year old Amy Pedigo Ford, and 25 year old Jessica Renee Bogle will all appear in court on their charges on October 6th. Each is under a $60,000 bond.

Smithville Police Chief Randy Caplinger told WJLE that on September 7th police were contacted by the manager of South Fork Apartments who reported that he believed someone was trespassing, occupying what was supposed to be a vacant apartment in the complex.

An officer arrived and knocked on the apartment door. Anderson answered the door and told the officer that he was moving some items from the apartment. While talking with Anderson, the officer spotted smoke coming from the back of the apartment. After receiving consent from the manager, the officer entered the apartment and saw Rich and Jones sitting on a couch in the bedroom. He also heard two people talking in the bathroom. As the officer knocked on the bathroom door the two people inside, later identified as Ford and Bogle, climbed out the window and fled. Ford and Bogle were arrested the next day during a traffic stop by a deputy from the Sheriff's Department Found inside the bathroom were components used to manufacture meth including Coleman fuel, coffee filters with lithium, tubing, cold packs, bottles, aluminum foil, and needles.

Chief Caplinger said a Meth Response Team was notified and came to the scene to test for meth and to do the cleanup.

Meanwhile, 40 year old Vickie Alvis and 28 year old David Hill are each charged with felony theft and burglary after allegedly breaking into a local business late Friday night, September 9 and stealing a 50 inch flat screen television. Bond for each is $10,000 and they will appear in court on September 22.

Chief Caplinger reports that an officer was called to City Walk Apartments late Friday night. Residents there reported that two people, later identified as Alvis and Hill, had shown up wanting to sell someone a big screen TV. No one took them up on the offer. Residents said when they told Alvis and Hill that they were going to call the police fearing the TV was stolen, they (Alvis and Hill) took off, leaving the TV behind in the parking lot. After identifying Alvis as a suspect in the case, police went to her home and made the arrest. She allegedly admitted to committing the theft. Hill was arrested later at another location.

30 year old Jared Scott Atnip is charged with public intoxication, possession of drug paraphernalia, and simple possession. He is under a $4,500 bond and will be in court on September 29

Chief Caplinger reports that an officer was recently called to Walmart to check out a suspicious person. There, the officer made contact with Atnip who was unsteady on his feet and had slurred speech. He was found to have on him drug paraphernalia, including a syringe, straw, and shoestring along with two pills believed to be dilaudid.

18 year old Cody William Christian was cited for shoplifting at Walmart on Sunday, September 11. He will be in court on October 13

Matt Dillon Williams was cited for theft for allegedly shoplifting at Walmart on Saturday, September 10.

28 year old Ashley Ferrell was recently cited for theft after a shoplifting incident at Walmart, where he allegedly took $110 worth of merchandise from the store.

27 year old Steven Bly was cited for simple possession of a schedule IV controlled substance on Friday, September 9. He will be in court September 22.

Chief Caplinger reports that an officer was dispatched to Walmart to check out a complaint of possible drug trafficking in the parking lot. The officer obtained consent to search and found on Bly a bag containing a bottle with six blue pills believed to be Valium. There was no label on the bottle and Bly could not produce a prescription.

25 year old Ricky W. Hendrixson is charged with public intoxication. He is under a $1,000 bond and will appear in court on September 29.

According to Chief Caplinger, police were called to check out a complaint at City Walk Apartments on Sunday, September 4 where a man in the parking lot was threatening people with a knife. By the time the officer arrived the suspect, later identified as Hendrixson, had left. While on patrol, the officer later saw a man sitting at the Farmers Market location and stopped to talk with him. The man, Hendrixson, said he had been beaten up. That someone had jumped on and hit him. Hendrixson claimed he had been carrying a knife but had lost it. He admitted that he had been drinking. Hendrixson refused to be taken to the hospital for treatment. He was unsteady on his feet and had slurred speech. The officer placed him under arrest.

21 year old Frankie Sanchez was charged with public intoxication on Thursday, September 8. He is under a $1,500 bond and will be in court on October 6. Chief Caplinger said that police were called to check out a domestic complaint and found Sanchez, who was unsteady on his feet and had slurred speech.

20 year old Carlos Perez is charged with underage drinking while impaired. His bond is $1,500 and he will be in court on October 13. He was also cited for no driver license, violation of the open container law, failure to maintain proper lane of travel, violation of the implied consent law, and violation of the financial responsibility law (no insurance).

Chief Caplinger said that an officer on patrol spotted a vehicle in the middle of the street on North Mountain. The officer stopped the automobile as it turned onto Webb Street. As he approached the vehicle, the officer could smell the odor of alcohol. The driver, Perez, had slurred speech. He admitted that he had been drinking. Both full and empty beer cans were found in the vehicle. Perez submitted to but performed poorly on field sobriety tasks. He refused to submit to a blood test. Perez had no drivers license nor any proof of insurance.

41 year old Clayton Bradley Lance is charged with simple possession of a schedule II controlled substance, a second offense of driving under the influence, and habitual offender. He is under a $10,000 bond.

Chief Caplinger reports that on Thursday, September 1 an officer pulled into the parking lot of Mapco Express and noticed a pickup truck at the gas pumps with no license plate. As the vehicle pulled away, the officer stopped it in the parking lot. The driver, Lance, was ordered to get out of the truck. He was unsteady on his feet. Police also found an open beer container in the truck along with a small bottle of tequila. Lance submitted to but failed a Breathalyzer test for alcohol and he performed poorly on field sobriety tasks. He also submitted to a blood test. Police found on Lance three white pills believed to be hydrocodone for which he had no prescription. A computer check also revealed him to be an habitual offender.

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