April 15, 2019
By: Dwayne Page
A Smithville man was busted on a methamphetamine charge during a recent traffic stop
48 year old John Thomas Bailey of Short Mountain Highway, Smithville was arrested on April 9th for possession of methamphetamine with intent to manufacture, sell, or deliver. He was also cited for simple possession of another drug and paraphernalia. Bailey’s bond is $10,000 and he will make a court appearance on May 9
Sheriff Patrick Ray said Bailey was a passenger of a maroon Mazda car stopped by a deputy for having a head light out. The driver gave the deputy consent to search and he found four baggies of a crystal like substance on the floor board under the seat directly in front of the rear passenger. The total weight of the four bags was 4.6 grams. Bailey admitted that the drugs belonged to him. Another small baggie containing a piece of a white pill was recovered from inside a cigarette pack in the car door. Two needles were also found inside the vehicle
Meanwhile, 35 year old Anthony Joe Hamilton of Luttrell Avenue, Smithville was arrested after being indicted by the grand jury earlier this month for possession of methamphetamine with intent to manufacture, sell, or deliver. His bond is $50,000 and he will make a court appearance June 4.
42 year old John Franklin Gronbeck of Gassaway Road Woodbury is charged with driving on a suspended license. He was also cited for a light law violation. Gronbeck is under a $1,500 bond and his court date is April 25.
Sheriff Ray said that on April 8 a deputy conducted a traffic stop on a Dodge pickup truck for a light law violation andspoke with the driver, Gronbeck. A check through central dispatch found that Gronbeck’s driver license were suspended on June 15, 2018 due to previous convictions.
42 year old John Gabriel Perez of Runge, Texas is charged under four warrants for violation of an order of protection. His bond totals $14,300 and he will make a court appearance on April 25.
Sheriff Ray said that Perez has sent several messages through social media to his victim since February in violation of an order of protection against him. According to the warrants, Perez sent a message to her through face book messenger on February 16 & 17. Almost a month later on March 10, Perez sent her an email message. Then on April 3 Perez emailed a You tube video to the woman which contained foul language. also Earlier this month (April) Perez “liked” comments made on the victim’s face book page.