Officer’s Bathroom Break Leads To Drug Arrest

Posted On July 22, 2015

By Mike Perleberg


(Greendale, Ind.) – A man having a difficult, uncomfortable time in a public restroom was arrested for drug possession on July 13.

Matthew B. Smith, 36, of Aurora, is charged with Possession of Cocaine (level 6 felony), Possession of Paraphernalia (class A misdemeanor), and two counts of Possession of a Controlled Substance (class A misdemeanor).

A Greendale Police officer went to the Circle K Shell gas station on U.S. 50 to use the restroom while on patrol, according to a court affidavit. The officer found the door locked and was told by an employee that a man had been locked inside the restroom for about 30 minutes.

A woman who was with the man, identified as Smith, advised the officer that Smith was in the restroom because he was “having problems” with his butt.

Smith eventually exited the restroom. Officers noticed that he allegedly had droopy eyes, slurred speech, and a white powdery substance on his nose and in his nostrils.

According to police, Smith advised that he had stuff stuck in his butt. When officers asked what the objects were, Smith removed a fishing bobber, screw driver, and open tire plug kit from his pockets. He told officers that those objects had been inside him.

Officers searched the restroom, locating a white, powdery substance on the back of the toilet and in the toilet bowl. A pen tube, a tool sometimes used to ingest drugs, was found in a trash can.

Smith did not have an ID card on him. According to the affidavit, he gave officers two different birthdays and three different social security numbers as they tried to identify him.

During a search, 22 pills and a small plastic baggie containing cocaine were found. Smith allegedly admitted to transporting the drugs inside his body.

Smith remains held in jail at the Dearborn County Law Enforcement Center as of Wednesday on a $15,000 cash and $15,000 surety bond. A pre-trial hearing is scheduled for September 1.