Man charged with drug dealing after investigation into near east side body shop

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UPDATE (Feb. 21, 2018): Reginald Smith pleaded guilty to possession of cocaine. Other charges against him were dropped as part of a plea deal. He was sentenced to 2 years in county jail, with 61 days suspended. 

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – A man was arrested on drug charges Friday after detectives received an anonymous tip, saying  drugs were being sold from a body shop on the near east side.

As detectives conducted surveillance at the shop in the 1900 block of North Rural Street, they observed suspicious drug activity allegedly centering around Reginald Smith, 32.

Based on the drug related activity, detectives determined that a traffic stop was the best course of action to apprehend Smith. He left the shop in a white Chevy Caprice around 12:20 p.m. and detectives followed him. After Smith allegedly made two traffic infractions, detectives stopped him in the 3500 block of North Keystone Avenue.

4 Fast Facts:

  1. The drug dealing investigation began with an anonymous tip.
  2. Detectives apprehended Smith after he made two traffic infractions.
  3. Police found ½ ounce of cocaine, ¼ ounce of spice, a digital scale and $1,207 inside Smith’s vehicle.
  4. Smith faces charges of dealing and possession of cocaine and possession of synthetic marijuana.

A K9 partner indicated the presence of narcotics in the vehicle and search was conducted. Police say that’s when they found ½ ounce of cocaine, ¼ ounce of spice, a digital scale and $1,207 in cash.

Smith was arrested and charged with for dealing and possession of cocaine and possession of synthetic marijuana. He was also found to be on federal parole/probation for felon in possession of a firearm.

The cash was seized along with the Chevy Caprice.

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