DATE/TIME: October 28, 2022 / 7:04 P.M.
INCIDENT: Possession of a Dirk/Dagger/ Possession of a Controlled Substance / Possession of Drug Paraphernalia
LOCATION: Ocotillo Avenue / South Slope Drive
SUSPECT(S): Derek Smelley, 35-year-old, Male Resident of Twentynine Palms
VICTIM(S): State of California
SUMMARY: On Friday, October 28, 2022, at 7:04 P.M., deputies assigned to a bicycle and pedestrian safety operation in Twentynine Palms, which was funded by the Office of Traffic Safety, observed a bicycle traveling westbound on South Slope Drive with no lighting equipment during darkness. Deputies contacted the rider and identified him as Derek Smelley. Smelley was in possession of a concealed straight blade knife about eight inches in length, suspected methamphetamine, and suspected drug paraphernalia.
Smelley was arrested for felony possession of a dirk/dagger, possession of a controlled substance, and possession of paraphernalia. Smelley was booked into the Morongo Basin Jail.
Anyone with information regarding this incident is urged to contact the Morongo Basin Station (760)-366-4175. Callers wishing to remain anonymous are urged to call the We-Tip Hotline at 1-800-78-CRIME (27463), or leave information on the We-Tip Hotline at www.wetip.com
Refer: Deputy J. Sumpter / Deputy T. Harlacker
Station: Morongo Basin Station
Phone No. 760-366-4175
Case No. 202201655