On 3 Oct 17 Marietta City Police Department Detective Sgt. Ryan Huffman obtained a search warrant for an area hotel located on Pike Street. Detectives with the Washington County Sheriff’s Office assisted in the search and arrest of Sommer McBee and Taashan Smith.
Taashan Smith and Sommer McBee were observed exiting the room to be searched and upon entry into their vehicle were approached and secured.
Sommer McBee was found in possession of a purse containing a glass smoking pipe wrapped in cloth, which later field tested positive for methamphetamine.
Also located was a duffle bag behind Smith, which Smith had been observed carrying, which contained a Crown Royal bag with the following items inside: 1 digital scale; 1 single bag of suspect methamphetamine (29.71 grams); plastic bag with 3 bags of suspected methamphetamine (13.15 grams); a bag with suspected methamphetamine (3.18 grams) and a bag with suspected heroin (6.39 grams). Also located in the bag was a plastic container with numerous pills, believed to be Ecstasy. Detectives also recovered $3000 cash and $250 cash from the wallet of Smith.
Smith was in possession of 2 cell phones which he refused to provide pass codes to.
A presumptive test was conducted on the suspected methamphetamine and heroin with both testing positive.
Smith has an extensive drug history and is currently on parole in the State of Ohio for drug and weapons violations.
Taashan Andre Smith, age 43, 1010 Conestoga Drive, Columbus, OH, was arrested for possession of methamphetamine in an amount greater than five times bulk but less than 50 times bulk, a 2nd degree felony, and possession of heroin in an amount greater than 5 grams but less than 10 grams, a 3rd degree felony.
Sommer Lain McBee, age 40, 3775 Terrace Avenue, Columbus, OH, was arrested for possession of methamphetamine in an amount less than bulk, a 5th degree felony.
Smith and McBee were transported to the Washington County Jail where they remain incarcerated pending an initial appearance in Marietta Municipal Court.