Two men remain lodged in the South Central Regional Jail on felony drug and conspiracy charges, after their arrests September 5 by Ripley Police Department officers.
David E. Murray, 43, of Spencer and Dale C. Smith, Jr., 28, of Leroy, each face charges of possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance and conspiracy to commit a felony.
Patroman Brain J. Anderson of the Ripley Police Department went to Spring Street on September 5 at 4:30 p.m. to assist Probation Officer Amy Bain with a check on an individual.
When Anderson arrived, he spotted Smith walking away from the passenger’s side of a gold vehicle sitting in front of the apartment complex and back to a dumpster.
Anderson asked Smith what he was doing, and Anderson replied that he was relieving himself. Anderson did a pat down search of Smith and found a smoking bowl with burnt marijuana in his left front pant pocket. Anderson walked behind the dumpster and found a vial containing a yellow rock substance.
Smith allegedly said, “That’s not mine. I dropped the weed back there.”
Anderson then discovered a small bag of marijuana (3.5 grams) near where he found the vial. He placed Smith in custody.
Sgt. Clyde Kenny of the Ripley Police Department, who had arrived on scene, and Anderson then questioned the driver of the car, Murray, who was still in the driver’s seat, and obtained his permission to search the vehicle.
Inside the officers found a plastic baggy containing 20 (30 mg) oxycodone tablet and three small baggies containing white powder between the driver’s seat and middle console on the track of the seat. Field tests on the yellow rock resulted positive for crack. Field tests on white powder resulted positive for cocaine.
Murray and Smith were arrested and transported to the South Central Regional Jail. They were subsequently arraigned on the felony charges by Magistrates Tom Reynolds and Jackie Casto. Bond was set at $100,00.