Residence Check Leads to Drug Discovery

November 16, 2020

Ronnie Dale Hancock

Priscilla Marie Stewart

In an attempt to make contact with an individual for failure to appear, Smith County officers discover drugs at a Carthage residence on September 25.

Sgt. Junior Fields, Sgt. Kendra Grisham, and Deputy Daniel McCoy attempted to locate Priscilla Marie Stewart, who had an active warrant for failure to appear, at a residence located at 115 Springs Street in Carthage. Upon arrival at the home, officers were met by Stewart, who opened the door and then slammed it shut on the officers.  Stewart refused to reopen the door. Eventually, Ronnie Hancock, another occupant of the residence, arrived and allowed the officers into the home.

According to the police report, Deputy McCoy and Sgt. Grisham placed Stewart under arrest. A probation search of the residence revealed approximately 2 gm of crystal meth, 3 Suboxone pills, a set of digital scales and a sawed off 12 GA Mossberg shot gun.

Both Stewart and Hancock denied ownership of the drugs, but Hancock admitted ownership of the gun. Hancock was also placed under arrest.

Stewart was charged with Failure to Appear, Possession of Methamphetamine, Possession of a Controlled Substance, Felony Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, and Resisting Arrest. Hancock was charged with Weapon Prohibited: (A)(6), Possession of Methamphetamine, Possession of a Controlled Substance, and Felony Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.

Stewart and Hancock are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.