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Officers arrest two on meth charges

BY SHARON BARDONNER - sbardonner@ftimes.com

A traffic stop Friday resulted in the arrest of two Frankfort individuals on charges of possessing methamphetamine and narcotics.

Bass Smith, 30, was driving a maroon Buick with a passenger, Juanita Cotton, 30, westbound on East Walnut Street in Frankfort when they were stopped by Frankfort Police Lt. Cesar Munoz who paced the vehicle going about 36 mph in a 30 mph speed zone, according to the affidavit filed in Clinton Circuit Court.

Munoz was joined by other officers, including FPD Sgt. Evan Hall and his K-9 partner. As Munoz ran Smith’s license information, the K-9 alerted at the passenger side door. 

Information returned indicated Smith was wanted on a warrant in Marion County. 

Smith was arrested on the warrant, and he was found to have a small bag he admitted contained methamphetamine. When Smith was questioned about having any syringes, he advised Munoz there might be some in the vehicle, the court document said.

Cotton advised Hall there were syringes in the Buick’s center console. A search revealed the syringes, all of which contained a liquid that later tested positive as meth, and spoons that tested positive for heroin, according to the affidavit.

Both Smith and Cotton face charges of possession of methamphetamine, possession of a narcotic drug and unlawful possession of a syringe. All of the charges filed against Smith are Level 6 felonies, but the meth and narcotic possession charges filed against Cotton were raised to Level 5 felonies because she had a prior conviction in December 2012 for dealing, said Deputy Prosecutor Chris Vawter.

Cotton also is charged with visiting a common nuisance – controlled substances, a Class B misdemeanor, while Smith is facing a count of maintaining a common nuisance – controlled substances, a Level 6 felony.

Vawter said both pled not guilty both pled not guilty at their initial hearing Friday in Clinton Circuit Court, and their trial is set for Sept. 25.