Tuesday, March 23, 2010
Hendry Drug Bust - 3 Arrests
Bust In LaBelle Finds Police Badge, Cash And Drugs
LABELLE, FL. -- On Thursday evening, March 18, 2010, Hendry County Sheriff's Office served a search warrant for a residence located at 808 Manatee Avenue in LaBelle. While approaching the residence 30-year old Jeremy Smith (pictured), who was seen on the front porch of the residence, watching officers, he attempted to run from the residence but was shortly detained by law enforcement officers.
Once inside the residence deputies located two additional individuals, 23-year-old Jessica Lee Davis and 34-year-old Curtis Lee Christmas. Davis was found to be in possession of marijuana less than 20 grams. A search of the residences revealed drug paraphernalia, cocaine and marijuana along with prescription drug possession.
As deputies searched the residence they found in the immediate area of the stove top a pan of water, and numerous items to indicated the manufacturing of crack cocaine to include items that tested positive for cocaine residue as well as residue inside a pan that tested positive for cocaine residue.
Deputies seized from the 808 Manatee Avenue, 60 pieces of crack cocaine, 50 grams of marijuana, 140 prescription pills, 3 Ecstasy tablets, numerous items of drug paraphernalia such as packaging materials, crack containers, baggies, razor blades, etc., $2,000.00 in cash, two digital scales, approximately 2 grams of powder cocaine, items used to manufacture/cook crack cocaine, 1 bullet resistant vest, and a badge wallet with an authentic police badge and police identification from New Jersey.
Jeremy Nickosa Smith (pictured above) was arrested and charged with Resisting Arrest / Obstruction, Possession of cocaine w/ intent to sell within 1000' of a Place of Worship, Manufacturing cocaine within 1000' of a place of worship, trafficking in a controlled substance, possession of Marijuana under 20 grams, possession of a controlled substance without a prescription, possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of a new Legend Drug without a prescription. Smith is currently being held in the Hendry County Jail on $149,000 bond.
UPDATE: The state dropped all the charges on the case against Smith 9/28/2010. He was later had drug charges against him again on June 22, 2010 and again the state dropped the charges by May 21, 2012. More charges were brought September 7, 2010 including possession of marijuana, resisting arrest, violation of probation and contempt of court where he was found guilty of all charges and received suspended sentences and time served, and probation for one year. March 24, 2011 he was charged with more drug charges and found guilty of three counts of possession of cocaine on May 18, 2012 and sentenced to prison for five years. He was released from prison June 15, 2015 and was to reside in Lake Worth, Fl.
Curtis Christmas, 57 years old, was arrested and charged with Possession of Cocaine with intent to sell within 1000' of a place of worship, manufacturing cocaine within 1000' of a place of worship, possession of Marijuana over 20 grams, possession of a controlled substance without a prescription, possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of a new legend drug without a prescription. Christmas is currently being held in the Hendry County Jail on $55,500 bond.
UPDATE: The state dropped the charges against Christmas on January 13, 2011.
Jessica Davis, 23 years of age, was charged with Possession of Marijuana under 20 grams. She was released on March 19, on a $1,000.00 bond.
UPDATE: Davis was found guilty and given six months probation and court costs. In November 2014 she was found guilty of probation violation and failure to pay $220 costs. On February 19, 2016 she paid off all the costs.