Traffic Stop Results in Citations Against Three for Drug Offenses

September 16, 2012
Dwayne Page
Randy Caplinger

Three people are in trouble with the law for drug offenses after Smithville Police stopped their car for a simple traffic violation earlier this month.

Chief Randy Caplinger said 26 year old Margie Grace Drennan was arrested on Saturday, September 8 for simple possession and she was cited for simple possession and possession of drug paraphernalia. According to the warrant Drennan was a passenger in a vehicle, driven by 23 year old Kerrie Lynn Neal, which was stopped for a light violation. A check for warrants showed Drennan had an outstanding warrant against her from Davidson County. Ms. Drennan was placed under arrest. She told the officer that she had some methamphetamine in her pocket and a small amount of meth was recovered. The officer also found marijuana and rolling papers.

Neal was cited for possession of drug paraphernalia after a needle was recovered from her purse. Meanwhile another passenger, 23 year old Porsche Lynn Batey was cited for simple possession after pills were found in her possession. Drennan, Neal, and Batey will be in court September 20.

In other cases, 22 year old Fernando Colunga was arrested on Sunday, September 9 for driving under the influence. According to the warrant, Colunga, operating a motor vehicle, was stopped for failure to maintain his lane of travel. He had a strong odor of an alcoholic beverage on his person and his eyes were glazed over. He submitted to but performed poorly on all field sobriety tasks. His court date is September 20..

32 year old John Keith Hale was arrested on Sunday, September 9 for aggravated assault. According to the warrant, Hale and the victim got into an argument. When the victim started inside his apartment, Hale hit him across the back with a metal ball bat. Hale's court date is September 20.

37 year old Crystal Alice Turner was cited on Sunday, September 9 for shoplifting, simple possession and possession of drug paraphernalia. Turner was stopped in the Wal-Mart parking lot for suspicion of shoplifting. Turner gave police permission to search her purse and merchandise from Wal-Mart was found there along with a schedule II drug and paraphernalia. Her court date is September 20

28 year old Michael Brandon Redmon was arrested on Sunday, September 9 for evading arrest and criminal trespassing. According to the warrants, Smithville Police received a call about Redmon being at J. R. Motors, property belonging to Jewel Redmon. Michael Redmon had earlier been told to stay off the property and police were informed to arrest Redmon if they saw him on this property. When an officer approached Redmon, he began running. The officer yelled stop, this is the police, but Redmon kept running. He was later picked up on South College Street.

34 year old Charles Montez Turner was arrested on Monday, September 10 for theft of property over $1,000. According to the warrant, Turner allegedly took a 1994 Chevrolet Camaro, on Sunday, September 9 belonging to the victim without her consent. The victim told police that she had told Turner that he could not take the car but he left in the car anyway. His court date is September 20.

42 year old Morris E Knowles was arrested on Thursday, September 13 for violation of an order of protection and cited for possession of drug paraphernalia. Upon arrest drug paraphernalia was found on Knowles' person. His court date is October 11

Meanwhile anyone with information on any criminal activity is asked to please contact the Smithville Police Department at 597-8210 or the Tip Line at 464-6046.

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

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