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    A Gassville man, 66 year old WAYNE MATHIS SMITH, was arrested for the second time since September, 2018 on felony drug charges after deputies responded to a motor vehicle traffic accident Saturday, January 5th.

     The Sheriff’s Office was notified at 4:45 PM of a vehicle that had hit a tree on Rocky Ridge Road.  Deputy Austin Morrison responded and found a 2000 black Ford F-150 pickup truck off the road and against a cedar tree.  The deputy made contact with the driver, identified as WAYNE MATHIS SMITH, who appeared to be impaired.  The deputy noticed a zip lock bag extending from one of SMITH’S pockets that appeared to contain syringes.  SMITH had another bag in his back pocket that was found to contain several grams of suspected methamphetamine.  A further search of SMITH uncovered a number of prescription pills in a baggy.  Drug paraphernalia was found inside the truck. 

     WAYNE SMITH was taken into custody and transported to the Baxter County Detention Center where he was incarcerated on charges of:

Possession of Controlled Substance (Methamphetamine) with Purpose to Deliver – Felony
Possession of Controlled Substance – Felony
Possession of Drug Paraphernalia (2 counts) – Felonies
Careless Driving – Misdemeanor
No Liability Insurance – Misdemeanor

     WAYNE SMITH posted $15,000 bond and was released from custody with a court appearance date of January 17th in the Circuit Court.  SMITH had previously been arrested on September 10, 2018 on felony drug charges.

/s/ John F. Montgomery,
Baxter County Sheriff

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