Police officer facing pot charge

Friday, February 15, 2019

Drug Task Force files charges against Cassville couple

A former Cassville police officer, now working at the Seligman Police Department, and his wife, are facing misdemeanor drug possession charges after the Ozarks Drug Enforcement team served a warrant at their home on Jan. 2.

Jeremy Thomas, 26, and Jayme Thomas, 26, are each charged with misdemeanor possession of marijuana and misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia.

According to a probable cause statement filed by Det. Joe Houdyshell, with the Drug Enforcement Team, a narcotics warrant was served at the Thomas’ home on Sunset Drive on Jan. 2. The home was kept under surveillance and Jeremy Thomas exited in uniform and drove to the police department, where he was met by detectives. He was interviewed, but never placed in custody and was free to leave at any time.

Thomas agreed to talk about the case, and he said his wife smokes marijuana and had made trips to Colorado to visit family.

Houdyshell said he asked Thomas about taking money to a person he said he knew his wife bought marijuana from, and Thomas said he wanted her to stay away from that person because he knew she was a dealer. He also said he had taken money to her but did not know what it was for.

Houdyshell said Thomas had paid the dealer while on duty and in uniform. Thomas admitted there was marijuana in the home, but said he didn’t see anything wrong with it.

After the interview, detectives served the warrant on the home. Detectives said they could not get Jayme Thomas to answer the door from knocking, so they made entry into the house. Houdyshell said Thomas was located in the bathroom of the house, and had time to flush any marijuana. He said she admitted to using marijuana and having the stuff in the house, and told detectives where to locate some of the items.

Upon a search of the home, detectives allegedly found drug paraphernalia and marijuana in a grinder. Multiple firearms were also located. All items were seized and placed into the Barry County Sheriff’s Office evidence.

Chad Allison, commander of the Task Force, said the investigation began after detectives received multiple tips saying a Cassville cop was involved in illegal activity.

“We worked it from there until we got more solid information,” Allison said. “Any time you are investigating a police officer, you want to be sure you’re right. We had substantial evidence and enough to get a probable cause for the warrant.

“We don’t like these kinds of investigations, so we tried to do everything as quickly as possible.”

Allison said the amount of raw marijuana found at the scene was for personal use, and no edibles were located.

“We were expecting more, but that’s the nature of investigating,” he said. “It also did not take much time to get to the bathroom and flush some, or have a really good hiding spot for large quantities.

Jeremy Thomas worked as an officer with the Cassville Police Department from Aug. 8, 2016 to Jan. Chief Dana Kammerlohr said his employment was terminated due to conduct unbecoming of an officer. He was hired as an officer in Seligman on Jan. 17 and is still employed at that department.

Jeremy and Jayme Thomas each have summons issued and are due for initial appearance on March 21 at 8:30 a.m. in the courtroom of Judge Robert Foulke.

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