The Richmond Register

October 3, 2013

Couples faces enhanced drug-trafficking charges

By Sarah Hogsed
Register News Writer

RICHMOND — A Richmond couple faces the possibility of lengthy prison sentences on drug-trafficking charges that are enhanced by the alleged possession of a firearm and their past felony records.

On Wednesday, a Madison grand jury indicted Travis E. and Alexis J. Smith on a variety of charges. Both of them were charged with being convicted felons in possession of a handgun, two counts of first-degree possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Travis Smith, 33, also was indicted on charges of first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance (enhanced, subsequent offense Class A felony) and third-degree trafficking in a controlled substance (enhanced, subsequent offense Class C felony).

Alexis Smith, 25, additionally was charged with first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance (enhanced, Class B felony), third-degree trafficking in a controlled substance (enhanced, Class D felony) and first-degree persistent felony offender.

The indictment states Alexis Smith has previously been convicted of at least two felony crimes.

Travis Smith faces a maximum penalty of life in prison, while Alexis Smith could be sentenced to as total of 40 years.

On July 3, RPD bike patrol and narcotics unit officers investigating complaints of drug trafficking on Race Street stopped a vehicle driven by Travis Smith. Smith, who officers said was driving “recklessly,” was charged with driving under the influence.

The officers reported they made contact with Smith’s wife, Alexis Smith, at the couple’s home, where they conducted a search. The officers recovered 426 oxycodone pills, 510 Xanax pills, small amounts of cocaine and methamphetamine, a loaded handgun and $15,550 in cash.

Other indictments handed down Wednesday:

• Robert Chandler Osborne, 18, first-degree criminal mischief

• Jeffery L. Lanham, 52; Lee L. Lanham, 76, and Judy M. Klein, 45, manufacturing methamphetamine and second-degree cruelty to animals. Jeffery Lanham also was charged with trafficking in a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of marijuana and first-degree persistent felony offender.

• Dee A. Boyd, 28, theft by unlawful taking (less than $10,000), criminal attempt to commit theft by unlawful taking and first-degree persistent felony offender

• William R. Owen, 33, first-degree possession of a controlled substance

• Jessica Rose, 28, first-degree possession of a controlled substance

• Anne S. Lynn, 38, first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance, third-degree trafficking in a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of marijuana

• Alicia S. Nicely, 27, possession of a handgun by a convicted felon, second-degree wanton endangerment, operating a motor vehicle on a suspended license

• Don Mills, tampering with physical evidence

• Lisa A. Harris, four counts of second-degree forgery, theft by deception and first-degree persistent felony offender

• Roger D. Hays, Roger M. Million and Brand H. Barnett. Hays and Million were indicted on charges of theft by unlawful taking (over $500 ) and first-degree criminal mischief. Barnett was charged with receiving stolen property (more than $10,000)

• Tammy Sterner, 33, second-degree burglary, theft of identity and first-degree persistent felony offender

• Equinthony Maurio Edmonds, 36, failure to comply with sex offender registration and first-degree persistent felony offender. Edmonds has been convicted of the first-degree rape of an adult, according to the state’s sex offender registry.

• Equinthony Maurio Edmonds, 36, second-degree assault and first-degree persistent felony offender

• Simeon Mullins, 23, second-degree fleeing or evading police, possession of a firearm (handgun) by a convicted felon, tampering with physical evidence and second-degree persistent felony offender

• Dustin Isaacs, 24, receiving stolen property (less than $10,000), first-degree fleeing or evading police, aggravated operating a motor vehicle while impaired and second-degree persistent felony offender

• Brendan Strunk, 22, first-degree possession of a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of marijuana

• Gary J. Carney, 28, manufacturing methamphetamine and first-degree persistent felony offender

• Bryan T. Jones, 24, and Rebecca Jones, 45, two counts of theft by unlawful taking (under $10,000). Bryan Jones also was indicted on a charge of second-degree fleeing/evading police.

• Daniel B. Middleton, 35, tampering with physical evidence, first-degree possession of a controlled substance, third-degree possession of a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia and first-degree persistent felony offender

• Dennis Meredith, 39, first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia

• Kandie L. Warford, 25, first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance (Class C felony) and two counts of first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance (Class D felony).



Order referring matter to district court

• Gregory M. Gross, 53, fourth-degree assault

• Gary J. Carney, 28, theft by unlawful taking (under $500).



Order of dismissal without prejudice

• Danny R. Peters, 50.

Grand jury indictments do not indicate guilt, only that grand jurors believe the state has enough evidence to proceed with prosecution.