Drug Arrest in Auburn

January 15, 2013

On Friday, January 11, 2013 at approximately 1:25 p.m. an Auburn Police Division patrol officer stopped a white 2008 Dodge Charger on Beehive Road near West Tech Lane after observing the driver commit a traffic violation.  Upon contacting the driver and only occupant of the vehicle, 34-year-old Keith Lenard Smith of Auburn, the officer noticed a suspicious looking backpack on the rear seat of the vehicle.  The backpack appeared to contain items commonly associated with illegal drug possession.  An Auburn police K-9 unit was dispatched to the scene and the dog alerted to the presence of drugs.  Auburn narcotics detectives also responded and a search of the vehicle was conducted.  Inside the backpack officers located marijuana, crack cocaine, crystal methamphetamine, and assorted pills to include Hydrocodone, Alprazolam, Carisoprodol, and Oxycontin.  An amount of what appeared to be homemade candy that police believe may be laced with drugs was also located inside the backpack as were digital scales and a 9mm pistol.  Smith was taken into custody and is charged with six counts of Possession of a Controlled Substance, Possession of Marijuana 1st Degree, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, and Possession of a Pistol without a Permit.  An additional charge of Felon in Possession of a Firearm is pending.  The homemade candy has been sent to the Alabama Department of Forensic Sciences for testing.  Smith was transported to the Lee County Detention Center where he is currently being held on a $22,500 bond.