A suspected drug dealer brought his pills to the jail with him last week after being arrested on a violation of probation warrant. But 29 year old Joshua Lynne Batey of Short Mountain Highway, Smithville was caught with the drugs before entering the cell and has been charged with contraband in a penal institution, possession of schedule II & IV drugs for resale, and tampering with evidence. His bond is $50,000 and he will make a court appearance April 6.
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Sheriff Patrick Ray said that on Tuesday March 21 after being brought to the jail, Batey was taken by a correctional officer to a room to complete his dress out. During the dress out process, the officer noticed a bottle with a red lid by Batey’s testicles. The officer ordered Batey to give him the bottle. Batey pulled the lid off the bottle and tossed the bottle in the air spilling yellow, green, and peach colored pills onto the floor. Officers recovered 40 halves of green Alprazolam (2 milligram)pills, 23 whole green Alprazolam (2 milligram) pills, 62 whole yellow Alprazolam (2 milligram) pills, 45 halves of yellow Alprazolam (2 milligram) pills, 4 whole peach colored amphetamine (20 milligram) pills, and one half peach colored (20 milligram) pill.
35 year old Steven Levan Gandy, Jr. of Old West Point Road, Smithville is charged with possession of methamphetamine and unlawful possession of a weapon by a felon. His bond is $8,500 and his court date is March 30.
Sheriff Ray said that on Wednesday, March 15 a detective and deputy went to Old West Point Road to do a probation search on Gandy. During a search they found .01 gram of meth in the house and .03 grams of meth in a barn on the property that field tested positive. The officers also found a 45 caliber pistol in the home and a 22 caliber rifle in the barn. Gandy was convicted in 2013 of initiation of a process to manufacture meth.
24 year old Nathan Theodore Harmon of Allen Ferry Road, Smithville is charged with failure to appear, possession of methamphetamine, theft of property, and evading arrest. His bond is $15,500 and his court date is April 13.
Sheriff Ray said that at around midnight on Friday, March 24 Harmon evaded law enforcement officers in the area of Allen Ferry Road by failing to obey their commands to stop. Harmon was later taken into custody. Harmon said he was trying to avoid the officers because he knew there were warrants against him.
Harmon was found to be in possession of a crystal like substance weighing .07 grams which tested positive for meth, and a stolen Hisense TV which was taken from a residence in Dowelltown. Harmon admitted to purchasing the TV knowing that it was stolen.
Harmon was further charged with failure to appear for not reporting to jail within ten days of being issued a criminal summons and he was served with a capias for failing to make a court appearance in a separate case.
37 year old Anthony Doel Atnip of Johnson Chapel Road, Sparta is charged with public intoxication. His bond is $1,000 and his court date is April 6. Sheriff Ray said that on Monday March 20 a deputy was dispatched to Johnson Chapel Road in reference to an unwanted guest. Upon arrival he spoke with Atnip who had a strong odor of alcohol on his person. He appeared to be intoxicated. The caller said Atnip was intoxicated and he did not want him on the property. For his safety and that of the public, Atnip was arrested for public intoxication.
In other crime news, detectives of the Sheriff’s Department, acting on a tip, found an abandoned 2006 sixteen foot Hank bumper trailer on Thursday, March 23 at an address on Whorton Springs Road, where it had been setting for about a week. The VIN number was altered. Detectives learned through an investigation that the trailer was stolen in Warren County. The case remains under investigation.