Two arrested after discovery of crystal meth

Two arrested after discovery of crystal meth

Police in Orange arrested two people Thursday, June 13, after a disturbance led them to discover more than a gram of what is believed to be methamphetamine, also known as crystal meth.

According to a police report from the Orange Police Department, officers were dispatched at 10:44 a.m. to North 19th Street near Monterrey Drive in Orange in reference to a disturbance between two known individuals. As they were en route to the scene, Officer Tim Pruitt says he saw one of the known parties, 31-year-old Orange resident Jonathan Derick Hickey, driving from the scene in a SUV. Pruitt and another officer stopped Hickey, and upon searching him found three clear plastic baggies, two of which containing a substance that appeared to officers to be crystal meth. During a search of the vehicle, Pruitt reported a "clear narcotic pipe" was found in the floorboard of the vehicle.

At that time, according to the police report, the second known suspect reported as participating in the disturbance, Sarah Katherine Smith, 32, of Orange, walked toward the SUV Hickey was driving when stopped. Pruitt reported that he ordered Smith to stop and wait in the grass on the east side of the road. While placing Hickey into the patrol unit, the officers noticed Smith was not standing where ordered. Instead, she reportedly entered the back seat of Hickey's vehicle, closed the door and appeared "as if she was looking for something." She was removed from the vehicle, but not before she grabbed the glass pipe, police reported. Pruitt indicated in his report that once she was outside the vehicle, he noticed the previously inventoried pipe was missing from the floorboard of the SUV. Upon questioning Smith, she admitted she had the pipe and removed it from her bra before giving it to the police.

Hickey was arrested for felony possession of a controlled substance, and Smith was arrested for felony tampering with evidence. Both were taken to the Orange County Jail. Both have prior arrests and convictions including, for Hickey, burglary of two or more vehicles (state jail felony), possession of a controlled substance. failure to identify, possession of prohibited weapons and felony aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, and for Smith, theft and driving while intoxicated.