Two were sent to jail after troopers discovered alleged meth use in a home where minor children reside while investigating the cause of a collision from last week.
The collision happened around 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 13 at State Highway 83, just a half mile west of 2800 Road. The accident included a 1998 Dodge Pick-up, with the driver identified as Katrina Shante Smith, and a 2007 Jeep Wrangler driven by Zane J. Riley, of Comanche.
Trooper documents initially showed the identification of the pick-up driver was “under investigation,” though Smith now faces a misdemeanor charge of driving with a license suspended. During investigation of the accident the next day, Russell Ray Gaines was arrested for possession of a controlled dangerous substance with intent to distribute after two or more felony convictions, child neglect after two or more convictions and unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia.
Investigation reports from Oklahoma Highway Patrol troopers show Smith was arrested at the scene of the crash because she had a “non-eligible” class C license. Another person was with Smith at the time, though she was not in the accident and did not witness it. The person took some belongings from Smith, like her phone and a black purse, and left the scene.
While at the jail, Smith allegedly told law enforcement Gaines allowed her to take the truck and they could search her phone to prove it. During a search of her person, jail staff located a small baggy containing a small amount of clear residue at the bottom which later field tested positive for methamphetamine. Smith also told law enforcement she “regularly” smoked meth and that there was a glass smoking device at the residence which she stayed.
Law enforcement went to the house the next day to speak with the person from the night before as well as Gaines, since he was the owner of the truck in question. Troopers also noted a minor child under the age of 10 living in the home.
Troopers asked the individual who was on scene at the wreck to obtain the purse and phone from Smith she took away from the scene the night before. Troopers asked if they could obtain the purse and when they did, they noticed a smoking device with burnt residue and white powder on the table.
When they spoke with Gaines, he advised he trusted Smith and let her take the vehicle. Police asked Gaines about the smoking device they found and he said, “What about it?” When asked if they could search the home, Gaines said no. Gaines was detained so law enforcement could retrieve an affidavit.
The other individual at the home was asked to stay with law enforcement at the home while other badges obtained an affidavit. The woman began having a medical issue and was taken to the hospital. No charges for the woman are filed at this time. Gaines then allegedly told police there may be up to half an ounce of methamphetamine in the home because he is a “drug addict.”
A search of the home turned up glass smoking devices with white and burnt residue, multiple plastic baggies containing a white substance that field tested positive for meth, and law enforcement noted the small child could have reached some of the controlled dangerous substance. Police also noted on the report that it was obvious children frequented rooms where meth was allegedly found.
Both Smith and Gaines have been released from jail. Gains will appear in court for a preliminary hearing conference at 9 a.m. Oct. 16.