Nicole Schmitt

Nicole Schmitt

Troy, Mo. – On Oct. 7, Lincoln County prosecutors charged a Troy woman with multiple drug felonies after an incident the night before.

At about 8:30 p.m., a Troy Police Department officer arrived at the 600 block of East Cherry Street to find a white female asleep in the driver’s seat of a white Jeep Cherokee. The officer could detect the strong odor of an intoxicating beverage inside the vehicle, the vehicle was running and the keys were in the ignition.

The officer knocked on the window, and the driver, later identified as Nicole Schmitt, 41, opened her eyes. A large pit bull was chained to the passenger side seat of the vehicle.

The officer asked Schmitt is she was okay, due to the fact her eyes were watery and glassy – and she was unresponsive prior to his arrival.

She apologized, and said she was coming from a funeral. The officer asked her to exit the vehicle because it was difficult to hear her, due to her pit bull barking so loudly. Also, EMS was called to the scene.

The officers attempted to explain to Schmitt she needed to exit her vehicle so EMS could look at her. Schmitt rolled her window back up – and made furtive movements inside her vehicle.

At that time, one of the officers noticed Schmitt grab a black sock from the cup holder next to her right leg. A white cylindrical container was protruding from within the sock – and she was trying to conceal the container inside the sock.

The officer told her to exit the vehicle.

When Schmitt did exit the vehicle, one of the officers grabbed the sock and a phone from her hand – and she immediately said the objects in her hands weren’t hers.

Schmitt was placed in handcuffs. The black sock contained what appeared to be methamphetamine, according to the officer.

When the officer asked Schmitt what was in the sock, she admitted the sock did belong to her – and the sock contained a clear plastic bag containing suspected methamphetamine and a white cylindrical container containing Xanax pills.

Troy Police Department Officer Jon Alfaro said he wished this case is an unusual one, but unfortunately, it isn’t. However, he’s happy the department is getting help from the combined resources of other units.

“This has happened often enough that I can call it a common scenario, but it is a good thing we have combined our efforts with the Sheriff’s Office and the (Lincoln County Narcotics Enforcement Team) headed by (Det. Sgt. Robert) Thebeau,” he said.

Prior to transport to the Lincoln County Jail, Schmitt was asked if she was concealing any other contraband on her person. Upon arrival at the jail, she was asked once again if she had any items on her.

The officer explained to her the consequences should she bring any contraband into the jail. Schmitt said she might have left a pipe in the car, but had nothing on her person.

At about 12:30 p.m. on Oct. 7, Troy Police officers received a call from the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office that a body scan of Schmitt revealed the possibility of narcotics on her person.

Two small bags of what later tested to be methamphetamine was found on Schmitt were found.

Schmitt has been charged with two counts of delivery of a controlled substance and one count of delivery of a controlled substance inside a correctional facility.

Alfaro said in the majority of cases, most people come clean, but in some cases, some people try to call officer’s bluffs – and try to smuggle drugs into the county jail.

“We try to give people that opportunity,” Alfaro said. “Once they enter the jail, it goes from a simple possession to an enhanced charge.

“Some people don’t take it seriously.”