By ERIC A. HOWALD
Of the Keizertimes
A Keizer man on probation after pleading guilty to drug charges in November 2016 was arrested again on new drug-related charges last week.
On Tuesday, June 27, Clayton Lee Smith, 32, was arrested during a traffic stop by members of the Keizer Police Department Community Response Unit. Investigators suspected Smith had committed several drug offenses.
The traffic stop occurred in the 300 block of Sunset Avenue North while additional officers served a search warrant on Smith’s residence at 3950 5th Avenue N.
During the search of the residence, investigators recovered four long guns, two of which were reported stolen to the Corvallis Police Department, body armor, packaging materials, scales, cash, 80 counterfeit $100 bills, 6.9 grams of cocaine, three grams of methamphetamine, and approximately one gram of heroin. Smith is prohibited by law from possessing body armor because he is a felon who has been previously convicted for a crime involving violence.
Officers also impounded Smith’s 2002 BMW 525i at the scene of the traffic stop after spotting a small plastic bindle, packaging materials cash, a used syringe, and a .45 caliber bullet in plain view. After obtaining a search warrant on the BMW, officers found $5,400 in cash, 123 grams of heroin, 76.1 grams of methamphetamine, packaging materials and a loaded .45 caliber handgun.
Smith was previously arrested on Sept. 28, 2016, when a search warrant was served on the same 5th Avenue address. He faced six counts of drug-related charges at the time, but pleaded guilty to only two – delivery of heroin and possession of methamphetamine. He was sentenced to five years active probation in November 2016.
The Marion County District Attorney’s Office charged Smith with delivery of heroin, cocaine and methamphetamine, being a felon in possession of a firearm and body armor, and theft in the first degree. All of the charges are felonies. Smith is being held at the Marion County Correctional Facility on $1 million bail. He was scheduled for his next court date Wednesday, July 5.