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Smyrna/Clayton Sun-Times
  • Police allegedly find 200 bags of heroin on Clayton man

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  • A Clayton man has been arrested on drug charges after police allegedly found 201 bags of heroin at his house.
    Clayton Police Department, with the help of Smyrna Police and the DEA Task Force, executed a search warrant July 18 at roughly 6 a.m. at 5 Bethel Circle in Clayton in reference to heroin being sold from inside the residence.
    Upon entry into the residence police allegedly found Ralph Shoemaker, 40, with 200 bags of heroin in his front right pants pocket, police said. While searching the residence, police found six needles, one bag of heroin and three spoons in the bathroom. Police said a plastic baggie with five prescription pills, which were all schedule 2 narcotic.
    There were two juvenile females in the home – a 14-year-old and a 2-year-old. The children were taken to the Clayton Police Department by their grandmother to await the Department of Family Services.
    Clayton resident Lucia White, 36, was also in the residence and placed into custody because of a capias, police said. Shoemaker and White were transported back to the Smyrna Police Department. Police said White was read her Miranda Rights and questioned. White allegedly said she knew Shoemaker was selling heroin from the residence and did not like it.
    The 201 bags of heroin weighed a total of 5.025 grams.
    Shoemaker and White were processed and arraigned.
    Police said Shoemaker was charged with possession of a controlled substance in a tier 5 quantity, maintain a drug property, second degree conspiracy – agreement to engage in felony criminal conduct, possession consume a controlled or counterfeit substance except human growth hormone without a prescription with an aggravating factor, two counts of endangering the welfare of a child by committing a Title 16 offense with child in the dwelling, and possession of drug paraphernalia. He was committed to James T. Vaughn Correctional Center with a $59,000 secured bond.
    White was released on an unsecured bond.
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