Two Caught Sending Drugs in Greeting Card to Prisoners

March 17, 2014
by: 
Dwayne Page
Rebecca Marie Dickens
Tammy Elizabeth Burton
Lonnie Lynn Wheeler
Dale Allen Golden
 John Thomas Mason

Two Smithville women are charged with introduction of contraband into the jail after sending a greeting card containing suboxone strips to family members incarcerated there.

27 year old Rebecca Marie Dickens of Forest Avenue and 53 year old Tammy Elizabeth Burton of Restview Avenue are each under a $2,500 bond and they will be in court April 3. They were arrested on Tuesday, March 11.

According to Sheriff Patrick Ray, Dickens and Burton mailed a greeting card to prisoners Corey Dickens and Travis Davenport on Friday March 7. The card arrived at the jail on Monday, March 10. Corey Dickens is Rebecca's husband and Davenport is Burton's son.

Correctional officers found the subxone strips concealed inside the card "They (Dickens and Burton) tore loose one of the double backings in the card and inserted the suboxone strips," said Sheriff Ray

Meanwhile, in another case a prisoner at the jail is charged with assault for hitting another inmate in the cell with him.

38 year old Lonnie Lynn Wheeler of Bright Hill Road, Smithville is under a $2,500 bond and he will be in court on March 20. Sheriff Ray said that on Thursday, March 13 a correctional officer saw on a monitor that a cell surveillance camera had been covered. He went to the cell to investigate but saw nothing amiss. After the covering over the camera was removed, the officer returned to the front office and reviewed the video recording from the camera. On the monitor, he saw the victim walking to his bunk and Wheeler coming up behind him. Wheeler then started hitting the inmate.

25 year old Callie Mae Keys of McMinnville is charged with a second offense of driving on a revoked license. Her bond is $3,000 and she will be in court March 20. Sheriff Ray said that on Wednesday, March 12 while sitting at the end of Adcock Cemetery Road, a deputy saw Keys driving a motor vehicle. Having prior knowledge that she did not have a license, the officer conducted a traffic stop. A computer check confirmed that Keys' license were revoked. Her previous driving on revoked charge was on June 11, 2012.

58 year old Dale Allen Golden of North Congress Boulevard is charged with violation of an order of protection. His bond is $2,500 and he will be in court March 20. Sheriff Ray said that on Thursday, March 13 an officer was dispatched to a residence on North Congress Boulevard where a woman told the deputy that her husband, Golden was trying to get her into the house. The woman has an active order of protection against Golden. Upon arrival, the deputy saw Golden on the front sidewalk. He told the officer that he was trying to get into the house so he could get some clothes. Golden was arrested and brought to the jail for booking.

19 year old John Thomas Mason of Roy Womack Road, Smithville has been charged by a sheriff's department drug detective with evading arrest and by a state trooper for leaving the scene of an accident. His bond is $4,000 and he will be in court on March 20.

Sheriff Ray said that on Friday, March 14 the drug detective tried to stop a 2008 Nissan Altima for a traffic violation. The car crossed over several times into the detective's lane of travel and into the turning lane. As the detective attempted to pull over the automobile on Tiger Drive, it fled traveling at a high rate of speed. The officer initiated a pursuit onto Dry Creek Road, but then terminated the chase. Shortly thereafter, the detective came upon the car which had rolled over on its top in the middle of Dry Creek Road. The driver had run off on foot. After an investigation, the detective learned that Mason had been driving the car. Mason later wrote a statement admitting to these actions, according to Sheriff Ray.

The state trooper that investigated the crash charged Mason with leaving the scene of an accident. According to the warrant, Mason was operating a vehicle on Dry Creek Road, Smithville which was involved in a rollover crash with property damage. Mason left the scene without notifying law enforcement.

42 year old Matthew Lee Spence of Bridgeway Motel, Smithville was cited on March 8 for driving while revoked and for a violation of the light law. Sheriff Ray said that a deputy conducted a traffic stop of Spence on Highway 70 for having a headlight out. A computer check revealed Spence's license was revoked for a prior DUI. One week later on March 15, Spence was charged with driving on a revoked license after he was stopped again. A deputy saw Spence driving a truck on West Broad Street, Smithville. Having prior knowledge that Spence's license was revoked, the officer stopped the truck and placed Spence under arrest. Bond for Spence is $1,500 and he will be in court April 2.

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