Thayer PD makes drug-related arrests
On July 9, while on patrol Officer Brady Grinnell responded to a call from dispatch reporting a woman seemingly drunk or high was stumbling around while holding a baby on Locust Street. Officer Grinnell arrived to the area and was directed to 617 Locust Street.
Officer Grinnell knocked on the door and Kayla Guidry opened the door. He asked her to step outside and asked her what she had been doing. Guidry stated she and her boyfriend had been in a fight. Officer Grinnell stated he could tell Guidry "was under the influence of either marijuana or alcohol." He asked her when the last time was she had smoked marijuana and she stated that she had "smoked it yesterday," he further asked when was the last time she had used methamphetamine and she stated "the day before yesterday."
Due to Guidry being under the influence of some kind of depressant and having her child with her, Officer Grinnell wanted to speak with the renter of the house. He opened the door and asked to speak to William T. Long who was in the kitchen. Long told Officer Grinnell it would be okay for him to come in and speak to him when he asked. Because of children being in the front room, Officer Grinnell requested they go to a room where the children could not hear them talking. Long directed Officer Grinnell to a spare bedroom where Officer Grinnell asked if Guidry had used any illegal drugs while she was at her house. Long stated that she had not to his knowledge and then stated Guidry did seem "out of it." When asked if there were any illegal substances in his house Long said there was not and when asked if his house could be searched due to one of his guests appearing to be under the influence Long stated he did not care.
After been given consent from Long to search his house, Officer Grinnell found a small baggie of methamphetamine. When asked who it belonged to Long stated it belonged to Kathlene Jewell, who was sitting in the front room with her four children. Concerned for the safety of the children. Officer Grinnell had everyone step outside. After everyone was outside he let dispatch know he had recovered a controlled substance.
State Trooper Dave Huffman arrived on the scene. Trooper Huffman and Officer Grinnell searched the house, where Grinnel found a package of zig zags, pipes for smoking methamphetamine, baggies commonly used for methamphetamine, methamphetamine residue, a "Butterfly knife," scales, a pipe used for smoking methamphetamine, a bag of methamphetamine hidden inside a child's cup and marijuana.
Officer Grinnell went back outside and placed Long under arrest. By this time Officer Kevin Bettis arrived on the scene. Officer Grinnell asked Officer Bettis to transport Long to the police department to be held on twenty-four hour hold pending formal charges. Officer Grinnell then asked dispatch to notify DFS.
DFS arrived to perform emergency placement for the children at the house. Guidry and Jewell were then placed under arrest, transported to the police department and placed on twenty-four hour holds.
William T. Long was arrested July 10 on two counts of class B felonies. He is being charged with possession of a controlled substance with intent to distribute and or sell, possessed, methamphetamine and with the intent to distribute and or sell, possessed more than five grams of marijuana.
Kathlene Jewell was arrested July 10, for five counts of class C felonies. One count of the possession of a controlled substance, methamphetamine and four counts of endangering the welfare of a child in the first degree by knowingly committing the offense of possession of a controlled substance in the presence of a child less than seventeen years old.
Kayla Guidry was arrested July 10 and was arrested for class C felony of endangering the welfare of a child in the first degree. The defendant knowingly acted in a manner that created a substantial risk to the life, body and health of a child less than seventeen.