The Centralia Police Department arrested three people in two days on methamphetamine-related charges.
It started 11 p.m., Oct. 1 when CPD Officer Norberto Mendez made a traffic stop due to information alleging Robert Allen Smith’s possible drug involvement, along with a traffic violation on Hwy. 22 near the Reminington St. intersection.
Mendez pulled over the 2003 Oldsmobile Smith, 51, of Columbia was driving, According to the Centralia Police Department’s probable cause statement, Smith agreed to a vehicle search and “he was patted down and asked if he was in possession of anything illegal at which time Smith offered up a small plastic bag containing approximately 4.4 grams of marijuana located in his right front pocket.”
The PC report states that upon searching, Mendez found another bag of what appeared to be marijuana along with another back that contained approximately one gram of methamphetamine.
According to Mendez’ report more of that was found in the Oldsmobile.
“Upon searching the immediate area of the front passenger seat, a large Ziploc bag containing approximately eight grams of a crystal-like substance that tested positive for methamphetamine was located on the floor board of the vehicle between the passenger seat and the floor.”
Smith is currently held in the Boone County jail on a charge of possession of a controlled substance with $10,000 bail.
It was a long day for Mendez.
Early, 2:45 a.m. the morning of Monday, Oct. 2, he was back at work serving a search warrant at a mobile home at the Centralia Mobile Home Park on Highway 22, on Centralia’s East side.
While there he arrested Spring Waynette Kite, 28 and Terry Lee Reno 39.
Both are held in the Boone County Jail on charges of possession of controlled substances for $10,000 each.
Arriving a the trailer home where the pair were located, at nearly 2 a.m. Monday morning, Mendez executed a search warrant.
According to his PC statement, in the bedroom where Kite and Reno were located, Mendez found “a metal snuff tin containing crystal methamphetamine on the bed side table” next to the bed where Kite was sitting. He wrote that he also fond on the bedside table a “one-hitter marijuana pipe.”
On the floor next to the bed, he wrote that he found a Xanax bar.
Additionally, Mendez wrote, he found a glass methamphetamine pipe beneath the mattress upon which the pair was sitting.
A post on the Centralia Police Department’s social media site purporting to be from the Centralia Mobile Home Park’s management said the pair were not supposed to be living in the trailer.
“These two individuals were not part of any Centralia Mobile Home Park Leases. We do run background checks on all tenants to insure the safety of our community. Unfortunately, these type of things do happen every once in awhile.”