Gassville man arrested on drug charges following traffic accident

A motor vehicle accident led to a Gassville man's second arrest on felony drug charges since September. According to Baxter County Sheriff John Montgomery, 66-year-old Wayne Smith was booked into the Baxter County Detention Center Saturday evening and released nearly two hours later.

Sheriff Montgomery says his office was notified at 4:45 of a vehicle hitting a tree on Rocky Ridge Road. A deputy responded and found a pickup truck off the road and against a cedar tree. The deputy made contact with the driver, identified as Smith, who appeared to be impaired. The deputy then noticed a zip lock bag appearing to contain syringes extending from one of Smith's pockets. He reportedly had another bag in his back pocket containing several grams of suspected methamphetamine. A further search of Smith uncovered prescription pills in a baggy, and drug paraphernalia was located in the truck.

Smith is facing a felony count of possession of a controlled substance (methamphetamine) with the purpose to deliver, a felony count of possession of a controlled substance, two felony counts of possession of drug paraphernalia and misdemeanor counts of careless driving and no liability insurance. He is free on $15,000 bond and is scheduled to appear in Baxter County Circuit Court this month.

Smith still has a court case pending from his arrest Sept. 10th. He was charged with felony counts of delivery of methamphetamine, unlawful use of a communication device, possession of drug paraphernalia used for delivery of methamphetamine and possession of drug paraphernalia or syringes.

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