Smithville Police Make Early Morning Arrests In Area Known for High Drug Activity

June 16, 2019
By: Dwayne Page

Two women were arrested on drug charges last Sunday, June 9 after Smithville Police found them on a dead-end street at almost 3 a.m. with hypodermic needles including one loaded with methamphetamine.

35 year old Lauren A. Alford of Hillsboro is charged with possession of drug paraphernalia and 25 year old Amber Nichole McTaggart of Bradyville is facing charges of simple possession, filing a false report, and driving on a revoked license.

While on routine patrol an officer spotted two vehicles drive up and stop on a dead-end street. Due to suspected high drug activity in the area and it being 2:45 a.m. the officer pulled in to investigate and saw someone run off into the woods.

As he spoke with Alford, the officer noticed that a hypodermic needle, belonging to Alford, had been placed under a tire of the car she was in.

The officer then spoke with McTaggart and asked if she knew the person who had run off. McTaggart replied “no” but later a man emerged from the woods who police learned was McTaggart’s boyfriend.

During the investigation McTaggart pulled a bag from her pants containing 6 needles including one which was loaded with a clear liquid that field tested positive for methamphetamine. Police also learned that McTaggart’s license was revoked in Cannon County.

Bond for Alford is $2,500 and $12,500 for McTaggart. They will make a court appearance on June 27.

25 year old Gustavo Angel Gonzalez of Miller Road was arrested on June 2 for DUI and cited for a driver’s license violation, open container, and financial responsibility. Police received a complaint of a black truck swerving while heading east on West Broad Street. The officer spotted the truck and observed it swerving inside its lane of travel. Once the truck passed through the red light at the intersection of Highways 56 & 70 it moved into the far-right lane and crossed the white dotted line twice into the passing lane. Even though the driver activated his right turn signal, the truck kept traveling east and initially failed to stop after the officer turned on his blue lights but it finally pulled over at Karen’s Pub. The officer spoke to the driver, Gonzalez and discovered that he didn’t have a license and couldn’t provide proof of insurance. An open container of beer was in the middle console cup holder and Gonzalez had an odor of alcohol on his person. He submitted to but performed poorly on field sobriety tasks. Bond for Gonzalez is $2,500 and his court date is June 27

54 year old Jacqueline Eileen Schultz of Nashville was cited on June 4 for simple possession. Police pulled over Schultz for a traffic violation and found 7 white pills identified as Gabapentin in a generic bottle. Schultz could not produce a prescription for the medication. Her court date is June 27.

45 year old Michael Shannon Hagan and 42 year old Melissa Hagan of Sparta were cited on June 4 for simple possession and drug paraphernalia. Police were called to 128 East Broad Street due to possible drug activity. Upon arrival an officer asked Melissa to get out of her vehicle and after being given permission to search her wallet found a small baggie containing .42 grams of a white powdery substance which field tested positive for methamphetamine. Michael had in his possession a flower printed bag which contained 7 used needles and other items that are typically used with IV drugs. Both will make a court appearance on June 27.

49 year old Steve Walker of 455 West Main Street was arrested on June 6 for domestic assault. Police learned that Walker and his victim got in a verbal argument that turned physical as Walker raised his elbow and knocked the victim to the floor. She suffered injuries to her right arm, elbow, thumb, hip, shoulder, left knee, and left foot toe nail. Bond for Walker is $4,500 and his court date is June 20.

65 year old Bobby Gene Anderson of 396 Page Drive was arrested on June 6 for public intoxication, assault, resisting stop, frisk, halt, arrest, or search and cited for shoplifting. Police were called to Wal-Mart due to a shoplifter. Upon arrival the officer spotted Anderson and ordered him to stop but he tried to flee. After catching up with Anderson, the officer tried to take him into custody but Anderson began trying to push the officer away. Anderson was then taken to the ground and forcibly handcuffed by the officer. Anderson smelled of alcohol and he was unsteady on his feet. Anderson had on him a wristwatch and a pair of shoes which he had not paid for. They were recovered and returned to the store. Bond for Anderson is $6,500 and his court date is June 20.

37 year old Gilberto Juarez of 648 Kendra Drive was arrested June 8 for criminal impersonation and driving on a suspended license. Police spotted Juarez operating a vehicle and knew that his license were suspended. The officer pulled him over but Juarez identified himself as Lui Reyes. After confirming that the driver was actually Juarez, police placed him in custody. Bond for Juarez is $5,000 and his court date is June 20.

27 year old Stephen James Miller of 239 Green Acres Drive was cited on June 8 for simple possession. While on routine patrol in the Sonic parking lot an officer smelled an odor of marijuana coming from a vehicle there. The officer approached the automobile and spoke with the owner, Miller who had in his possession 17 grams of a green leafy substance confirmed to be marijuana. Miller’s court date is June 20.

39 year old Christopher Joe Brumley of 920 South Mountain Street was cited on June 9 for shoplifting. Police were called to Wal-Mart due to a shoplifter. Upon arrival the officer found Brumley in the parking lot. He was wearing a backpack containing several items from the store for which he had not purchased. Those items were recovered and returned to the store. Brumley will make a court appearance on June 27.

41 year old Samuel Wade Walker of 128 Jerry Walker Road was arrested on June 10 for criminal trespass and cited for theft of property. Police responded to Wal-Mart after receiving a complaint of someone trespassing on the property. The officer was informed that the man, Walker was banned from the property on February 16, 2018 due to a previous shoplifting incident and that he signed a notification of restriction from the property. The officer confronted Walker in the store and took him into custody. During a search, the officer found concealed in Walker’s pockets items from the store which he had not purchased. Bond for Walker is $2,500 and his court date is June 27.