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MPD spends holiday weekend making drug busts

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Several arrests were made throughout Murfreesboro over the holiday weekend on suspicion of drug related charges.

Saturday, May 29, police arrested Deanna Hester after reports that she was allegedly selling drugs from the trunk of her car.

A search of Hester’s vehicle revealed seven Adderall, one Klonopin, four Norplex and eight Catapres, all of which are prescription drugs.

Hester was arrested on suspicion of multiple counts of drug possession.

Police also arrested Ellis Wayne Smith Saturday, May 29, on suspicion of drug possession, possession of drug paraphernalia and destruction of evidence.

Smith agreed to have his person searched after policed stopped a vehicle he was riding in for having brake light out.

During the search police found a baggie of crack cocaine, several Percocet pills and a crack pipe. Police also observed a baggie in Smith’s mouth. After being told to spit it out, Smith allegedly swallowed the baggie, admitting that it contained marijuana.

Very early Sunday morning, May 30, police stopped a vehicle for driving without its headlights on.

The driver of the vehicle was identified as Chad Cooper. Cooper had reportedly been kicked out of the Riverstone Saloon prior to being pulled over.

He was unable to pass field sobriety tests, and upon a search of his person police found a green leafy substance and a pipe in his back left pocket.

Cooper was arrested on suspicion of DUI, simple drug possession and possession of drug paraphernalia.


Officers responded to a disturbance at 704 N. Academy St. in Murfreesboro Saturday, May 29.

William H. Carney Jr. informed officers that he was asleep on the couch when he heard a crash and ran into the bedroom to see what had made the sound where he found the bed on fire.

John Fields, who was also at the residence when the event occurred, told officers that he ran into the bedroom and pulled the bed, before being given water to put the flames out.

Fields told officers he believes that two white males driving a silver Mazda are responsible for the fire. Fields informed officers that the two males had paid for drugs and were supposed to pick them up at that location.

When the two men arrived they were informed they would not get what they paid for and became angry, leaving 30 minutes before the incident. Fields would not go into further detail on the two men or the alleged drug activity.


Saturday, May 29, police responded to an armed robbery call at the apartments at 1210 Hazelwood St.

Nicholas Waggoner and Ashley Green told officers that three black males knocked on the door of the apartment asking for a cigarette.

When the door was opened one of the men allegedly pulled out a handgun and pointed it at Green’s head saying, “No more messing around.”

Another male allegedly entered the apartment with a pillowcase and stole Waggoner’s and his roommates’ laptops while the third suspect was just standing around.

Waggoner told officers that the man with the gun struck him in the face with it, but was unsure of how many times.

The three men left the apartment with the laptops, but the two witnesses are unsure what direction they left in.
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