Lovelock couple faces drug charges
Wednesday, April 12, 2017 1:00 AM
On Monday, April 3, Charles Kenyon Smith and Jaime Kaye Greenfield came to the 11th Judicial Court. The couple faced arraignment on charges stemming from a search of their home. Patrick McGinnis represented Smith. Kyle Swanson defended Greenfield.
Smith posted three videos on his Facebook page about events that led up to the arrests.
Several months ago Sheriff’s Deputy Sgt. Eric Blondheim asked for permission to drug test Smith’s sixteen-year-old son. Blondheim is Pershing County School District’s Youth Resource Officer (YRO).
“Based on what? What makes you want to test him?” Smith asked Blondheim. The YRO’s rationale did not satisfy the defendant. Smith told Blondheim, “No, you’re not going to drug test my son, and I don’t want you guys even talking to him anymore unless I’m present.”
Subsequently, Blondheim caught another PCHS student with marijuana. The YRO wanted to know the source of the drug. “The cop badgered the kid into giving a name, and he gave my son’s name,” said Smith.
On a Saturday morning about 5:30 a.m. Smith and Greenfield woke to the sound of fists and feet pounding on their back door. Voices shouted their names. “We panicked; we didn’t know what the hell was going on,” said Smith.
“We went to the door, and the police grabbed us at gunpoint and handcuffed us – me, my wife, my son, and my thirteen-year-old daughter. They separated us and took me to jail. At that point I had no idea as to my wife or kids whereabouts,” said Smith.
“The whole time I’m being booked I asked several times, ‘Why are you doing this?’” Smith continued. The police told him they had a search warrant for his house. He asked to see the warrant. According to Smith, the police replied, “We can’t show it to you right now.” He asked the reason for his arrest. “We can’t tell you that right now,” they replied.
Smith argued, by law, the officers had to tell him why he was under arrest and show him the search warrant. He says they replied, “That’s only on TV.”
About two weeks later the jail released Smith on his own recognizance, he says. Greenfield lingered longer. Smith posted for help raising $750 to get her out of jail. “I’m going crazy without my wife,” he said.
After his release, Smith tried putting the puzzle pieces together. “Come to find out, there was a search warrant, but the only person named on it was my sixteen-year-old son. They were accusing him of selling weed, which he was not,” said Smith.
When the police searched the home, they found drug paraphernalia in the room Smith and Greenfield shared.”I’m not gonna lie – They found a marijuana pipe, a glass bong, an old meth pipe, half a bowl (about a teaspoon) of marijuana, and a scale,” said Smith.
“I have a scale because when I buy a gram of weed for $20 I want to make sure it’s a gram,” he said. “When I go to the grocery store to buy a loaf of bread I buy a whole loaf. If it looks like someone took out a few slices, I don’t buy that loaf. The scale was not for sales.”
“But they had no right going in our room anyways- the search warrant was not for my wife or me. The police found nothing in my son’s room,” he said.
Smith says that the sequence of events began when he denied Deputy Sgt. Blondheim permission to drug test his son. Following the refusal, the YRO made it a personal mission to go after the whole family, Smith concludes.
After the arrests, the police finally drug tested Smith’s son. “He failed for weed,” said Smith.
Smith and Greenfield each face charges of possession of a controlled substance for sale, unlawful use of a controlled substance, and allowing the presence of a child during the violations (two counts). All three charges are felonies punishable by lengthy prison sentences and hefty fines. The arraignment continues on May 6.
“My son feels a lot of guilt and thinks this is all his fault,” said Smith. “I want him to know that it is not.”