Two Chipley residents are facing child neglect and narcotics charges after investigators discovered minor children present at a residence where a search warrant revealed drugs and deplorable conditions.
The Washington County Drug Task Force, comprised of the Chipley Police Department and the Washington County Sheriff's Office, executed the narcotics-related search warrant at the 575 Anderson Street in Chipley around 10:30 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 28.
According to reports, members of the Drug Task Force found four adults and three minor children present at the residence. Investigators then conducted a search of the home, discovering narcotic-related items, including methamphetamines, marijuana, scales, pipes, and baggies used for packaging narcotics.
The occupants of the residence, Deanna Marie Smithson, 29, and Robert Harold Kimble, Jr., 28, were both arrested and charged with Possession of Methamphetamine with intent to distribute, Child Neglect without Great Bodily Harm, and Possession of Narcotics Equipment. Smithson is also charged with Possession of Marijuana less than 20 grams.
“We are actively pursuing those who choose to sell illegal narcotics in Chipley area, as well as in the greater Washington County area, through the collaborative effort of the Drug Task Force," said Chipley police Chief Scott Thompson. "In this instance, the damage was greater than just the sale of narcotics as three children in the home were in proximity to the narcotics, and conditions in the home were of such condition that the Department of Children and Families was contacted for the safety and well-being of the children that were present.”
“This investigation was the result of several days of undercover work conducted by the Task Force," said Washington County Sheriff Kevin Crews. "We are dedicated to the enforcement of narcotics-related crimes in our communities, but more so to protecting those who are the most innocent to these crimes, the children. These investigations are often manpower intensive, but we remain vigilant to the enforcement to ensure the safety of our communities."