A Maiden man was convicted on Tuesday in Lincoln County Superior Court after pleading guilty to trafficking heroin.
Jeremy William Smith, 38, of 204 W. Boyd Street in Maiden, was convicted of trafficking heroin by possession level 3 and trafficking heroin by transport level 3.
He was sentenced to 225 to 285 months in the North Carolina Department of Corrections following a joint investigation by the Lincolnton Police Department, the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department and the Drug Enforcement Agency. The collaboration led to several other arrests in North Carolina and Ohio and the seizure of heroin, investigators said.
Smith was arrested on March 18, 2013 during a traffic stop where the Lincolnton Police Department found 52 grams of heroin in his possession.
Smith has a lengthy rap sheet, including convictions for felony breaking and entering, felony larceny, identity theft, obtaining property by false pretenses, escape from local jail and possession of stolen goods. His sentence on Tuesday equates to 18-23 years behind bars.
Investigating the case were Officers Tony Potts and Jimmy Barlowe, Detective Dwayne McAllister and Sgt. Jason Munday, all of the Lincolnton Police Department. Assistant District Attorney Lydia Hoza was the prosecuting attorney.
If anyone has any information about this case or any other criminal or narcotics cases, contact the Lincolnton Police Department at (704) 736-8900 or the Lincolnton-Lincoln County Crime Stoppers at (704) 736-8909. Crime Stoppers tipsters may receive up to $1,000 reward if tips lead to an arrest and anonymous tips can be made.