A woman arrested twice within a month on separate drug charges appeared for sentencing Monday, March 21 in DeKalb County Criminal Court.
Judge Gary McKenzie presided
44 year old Tammie Michelle Anderson entered a plea by criminal information to sale of schedule VI and II drugs. She received a two year sentence on the marijuana charge and five years in the oxycodone case. The two terms are to run concurrently with each other. Anderson will be on judicial diversion probation after having served 47 days for which she has been given jail credit. She was fined $2,000.
Anderson was charged by Smithville Police for possession of a controlled substance with intent to resale after allegedly purchasing oxycodone pills from 44 year old Sherry Dawn Gibbs on Wednesday, February 3.
Gibbs also entered a plea by criminal information to sale of a schedule II drug in the case on Monday, March 21 and received a sentence of three years all suspended to supervised probation on judicial diversion.
In the earlier case on Thursday, January 7 Anderson was arrested with a co-defendant, 35 year old Rickey Wayne Murphy for sale and delivery of a schedule VI drug (marijuana).
Murphy appeared in criminal court Monday, March 21 and entered a plea in the Anderson case from January and in a separate drug case from July, 2015. He pled to possession for resale of a schedule II drug and received a three year sentence on judicial diversion probation supervised by TDOC. He also entered a plea to possession of a schedule VI drug for resale and got a two year sentence on judicial diversion probation supervised by TDOC. The two terms are to run consecutively for a total of five years. He was given jail credit for 74 days of time served.
According to Police Chief Mark Collins, the February case against Anderson was made after Gibbs was pulled over in a traffic stop and subsequently charged with sale and delivery of a controlled substance. Gibbs was also cited for traffic offenses including a driver license and light law violation, and for no insurance, which is a violation of the financial responsibility law.
During the traffic stop, Gibbs was found to be in possession of an empty prescription bottle. The prescription for 120 oxycodone was in Gibbs' name and had been filled on that day, Wednesday February 3. After questioning Gibbs, police learned that she had allegedly sold the pills to Anderson for $747.00. Officers recovered the pills after going to Anderson's home to speak with her concerning the incident . They learned that Anderson had allegedly purchased the pills to re-sell.
In the January case, Smithville Police went to Anderson's residence and asked if they could do a search after receiving numerous complaints and information of illegal activity there. Upon receiving consent to search, officers found in Murphy and Anderson's bedroom a bag of a green leafy substance believed to be marijuana weighing 2.5 ounces. A box of baggies was also found close by. The search of the residence further turned up a glass pipe used to smoke marijuana which belonged to 19 year old Charles Nathan Pack. He was cited for possession of drug paraphernalia.
In the earlier case against Murphy, Smithville Police found drugs and paraphernalia at a residence where Murphy and another man, 36 year old B.J. Brown were residing on Earl Avenue Monday, July 6, 2015.
Acting on complaints, Officers Matt Farmer and Lance Dillard went to the residence and conducted an investigation. After speaking with Murphy, the officers were given consent to search his bedroom where they found 17 1/2 ounces of a green leafy substance believed to be marijuana, 58 pills thought to be a combination of Suboxone, Phenermine Hydrochloride, Hydrocodone and Oxycodone along with drug paraphernalia.
Brown also gave the officers permission to search his bedroom at the residence where they found one pill believed to be Lyrica and drug paraphernalia.
Neither Murphy nor Brown had prescriptions for the pills discovered in the home.
Brown was cited for simple possession of a schedule IV drug and possession of drug paraphernalia.