Mount Carmel business owner charged with heroin possession

Jeff Bobo • Oct 22, 2019 at 7:30 PM

MOUNT CARMEL — The longtime owner operator of Randy's Auto Repair in Mount Carmel was arrested Friday night after police allegedly found him in the garage unconscious after he'd allegedly injected heroin.

Randall Alan “Randy” Smith, 51, 1439 Wolfe Lane, Mount Carmel, was reportedly found by Mount Carmel Police Department Officer Cory Young slumped over in a chair in the lobby of the garage with a tourniquet tied around his right arm and a syringe on the floor.

Police said that Smith had a container of Narcan nasal spray used to reverse opioid overdose in his desk with the instructions on how to use it on top of it.

Around 10:45 p.m. Friday, Young was dispatched to Randy's Auto Repair on Wolfe Lane on a report that a vehicle had been parked outside the business and left running with the lights on for a long period of time.

Young stated in his report that upon locating the vehicle he began looking for the driver and searching the area for signs of a break-in.

The front door that leads into the bay area of the garage was unlocked, and Young said he entered to make sure the business hadn't been burgled. That's when he reportedly found Smith unconscious in the lobby area.

“(Smith) was awakened after a couple of attempts and identified himself as Randall Alan Smith,” Young stated in his report. “Due to the condition I found Mr. Smith in, and he advising me that he recently shot up heroin into his arm, Hawkins County EMS was requested to respond and check Mr. Smith.”

Upon searching the garage lobby for items that could be seen in plain view, police allegedly located a white container on the desk containing two individually wrapped bags of heroin, three pills believed to be Alprazolam and one gray pill believed to be Oxycodone

Police also allegedly located two sets of scales, three metal spoons with residue, two makeshift tourniquets and numerous syringes.

He was charged with simple possession of Schedule I narcotics, simple possession of Schedule II narcotics, simple possession of Schedule IV narcotics and possession of drug paraphernalia.

In February, Smith was sentenced to a year of probation for possession of drug paraphernalia and driving on a revoked license.

As of Monday, he remained held in the Hawkins County Jail pending arraignment in Sessions Court.