Charlotte man stopped for burned out light charged with drug possession

  • Posted: Monday, March 11, 2013 11:31 a.m.
Keith Lamonte Smith
Keith Lamonte Smith

SALISBURY — A Charlotte man whose license plate light was burned out landed in jail under drug possession charges.

The Salisbury Police charged Keith Lamonte Smith, 42, of Greenbrook Drive, with a citation for not having his license plate lit, possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of a controlled schedule VI substance, both misdemeanors. He has since been released from the Rowan County Detention Center under a $2,000 secured bond.

The incident occurred Friday night shortly after 11 p.m. at the intersection of North Long Street and 399 E. Innes St. The driver stopped the sport utility vehicle, immediately rolled down the window and placed both his hands in the air. The officer thought it was unusual since the temperature at that time was in the mid-30s, report said. The officer told the driver he could put his hands down. As the officer got closer to the SUV, he could smell marijuana coming from the vehicle.

The officer asked if the driver had any substances.

The driver, later identified as Keith Smith, pulled a small bag from his ashtray. The driver then began reaching under his seat. The officer asked him not to reach under the seat. Instead the officer searched under the seat after Smith stepped out. The officer found 2 grams of marijuana underneath the driver’s seat, he also found 5 grams of marijuana and a smoking pipe in between the seat cushions on the driver’s side. The officer found rolling papers in the center console of the SUV. A silver container found on the floor behind the driver’s seat had marijuana residue inside, the report said.

Smith has previously been convicted of multiple incidences of larceny and drug possession, habitual felon, possession of stolen goods, operating a vehicle without a license, assault on a police officer and has a 1993 conviction for sniffing glue.

Contact reporter Shavonne Potts at 704-797-4253.

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