Trespassing incident leads to more charges

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By Jennifer Caldwell

Quarantined property has proven to be toxic for a LaFollette man’s criminal record.

Last Friday afternoon LaFollette Police Officer John Baker was called to 208 North Massachusetts Avenue in response to a suspicious person trying to enter the property that had been quarantined as a result of the discovery of an active meth lab.

At the scene Baker allegedly encountered David R. Smith, 45, of 610 East Forrest Street, in a 1987 Ford Bronco II.  A check of the tags revealed they were registered to a Pontiac, the report said.

Smith was unable to provide a valid driver’s license or proof of insurance. Baker’s further investigation revealed that Smith’s license had been revoked for driving under the influence, records indicate.

After Smith was placed under arrest a search unearthed a pill crusher with three tablets that were visually identified as oxycontin. In addition, two Valium pills and half of an unidentified pill, which Smith “spontaneously” said was morphine were also found. The defendant allegedly also had a straw used to inhale drugs in his pocket, Baker’s report stated.

Smith was charged with violation of the financial responsibility law, driving on a revoked license, seat belt violation, registration violation, possession of a schedule II controlled substance, possession of a schedule IV controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia.

 He is scheduled to appear in court on Oct. 2.