Woman Caught Trying to Smuggle Drugs and Tobacco into the Jail

March 5, 2012
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Dwayne Page
Porsche Lynn Cantrell
Phillip Andrew Martin
Howard Eugene Brown
Melisa Gean Petty
Donnie Ray Gillman

A Smithville woman was caught trying to smuggle drugs and tobacco into the DeKalb County Jail on Sunday.

22 year old Porsche Lynn Cantrell of Peyton Lane, Smithville is charged with introduction of drugs into a penal institution and criminal trespassing. Her bond totals $7,500 and she will be in court March 15.

Sheriff Patrick Ray reports that on Sunday, March 4 Cantrell was observed on jail video surveillance climbing the fence which surrounds the rear of the jail. She had tried to throw a package over the fence into the recreation yard but the package lodged in the top of the fence. Cantrell then climbed the fence in order to retrieve the package. After spotting her on video surveillance, correctional officers ran outside and recovered the package, which contained a half ounce of marijuana, tobacco cigarettes and lighters. Cantrell was placed under arrest.

41 year old Donald Earl Foster of Page Drive, Smithville was issued citations last week for violation of the light law, two counts of simple possession of a schedule II controlled substance (methamphetmine) and (oxycodone) and simple possession of a schedule III controlled substance (hydrocodone). He will be in court on April 12.

Sheriff Ray said that Foster, who was operating a motor vehicle on the Sparta Highway last Monday night, February 27, was stopped by a deputy for having a tail light out. Upon searching his person, the officer found on Foster a small metal container which held five hydrocodone pills, an oxycodone pill, and a plastic bag of a white powdery substance believed to be methamphetamine.

24 year old Phillip Andrew Martin of Foster Road is charged with domestic assault. His bond is $2,500 and he will be in court on March 1. Sheriff Ray said that on Monday, February 27, Martin allegedly entered the residence of a family member on Eagle Creek Road and assaulted the victim, hitting him several times with his fists.

34 year old Howard Eugene Brown of Gentry Avenue, Smithville is charged with burglary, theft of property over $1,000, and filing a false report. His bond totals $11,500 and he will be in court on March 8.

Sheriff Ray reports that on December 5, 2011 Brown allegedly entered a barn on New Home Road, Dowelltown and took a 2003 Honda Rancher 4 wheeler. On Monday February 27 sheriff's department detectives went to Brown's residence on Gentry Avenue to investigate the theft. But Brown, posing as someone else, told the detectives that his name was Michael Roy West. He later admitted that his name is actually Howard Eugene Brown.

45 year old Melisa Gean Petty of Banks Pisgah Road was recently picked up on a sealed indictment charging her with sale and delivery of a schedule II drug (dilaudid) in a drug free zone and two counts of sale and delivery of a schedule II drug (dilaudid). Her bond is $100,000 and she will be in court on March 19.

43 year old Raymond Earl Tague of Short Mountain Highway, Smithville is charged with public intoxication. His bond is $1,500 and he will be in court March 8. Sheriff Ray reports that on Saturday, March 3 an officer was dispatched to Highway 146 to check out a person walking in the roadway. Upon arrival, the deputy found Tague walking on the road. He had a strong odor of an alcoholic beverage on his person and he was very unsteady on his feet. For safety reasons, Tague was transported to the sheriff's department and arrested for public intoxication.

25 year old Donnie Ray Gillman of Floyd Drive, Smithville is charged with aggravated assault. His bond is $10,000 and he will be in court on March 15. According to Sheriff Ray, Gillman and another family member became involved in a confrontation at Gillman's home on Sunday, March 4. During the incident, Gillman allegedly fired an SKS rifle in the direction of the victim. Gillman admitted to firing the weapon. No one was injured.

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