37-year-old Jerry Smith was charged with possession of meth and drug paraphernalia after police were called to his hotel room and found him barricading the door because he thought people were “trying to get him”. During a search, the drugs and related paraphernalia were found to be in his possession.
On July 25th, LPD Officer Gray Parish was dispatched to Room 204 of La Quinta Inn & Suites located at 140 Dixie Avenue in reference to a possible five-on-one assault. Upon arrival, Jerry Smith had the door to the room barricaded. He told police that he and Ashley Smith were staying there and there were people trying to get him and he set three of her bags in the hallway. Officer Parish was instructed by Sgt. Jesse Scott to look inside the bags for any identification. According to the affidavit, a glass meth pipe with residue, a green torch lighter, and several small plastic bags were found in one of the bags. The bags were then taken back into the room and Ashley told officers she wanted her stuff and was going to leave.
When Officer Parish asked her if the bags belonged to her, she said yes. Due to her admission, the other bags were then searched with Ashley’s consent. Officers found a shard of meth in the same area as the glass pipe, a marijuana cigarette inside a cigarette pack, and six Clonazepam pills inside a plastic pouch. A Hydrocodone pill, two Gabapentin pills, and another Clonazepam pill were found in her purse. Ashley then admitted to police that everything belonged to Jerry and everything was placed inside her purse. Jerry admitted to buying $50 worth of meth together to smoke. Officers then searched Jerry’s wallet and found another bag of meth and two unused bags.
Jerry Smith was arrested and charged with possession of meth and drug paraphernalia. His bond was set at $2,000.