By ERIC A. HOWALD
Of the Keizertimes
A Keizer man on probation for drug-related charges for a second time in less than a year was arrested on a third round of drug charges last week.
On Monday, Oct. 2, Clayton Lee Smith, 32, arrived at the Keizer Police Department to turn himself in to his probation officer, Marion County Sheriff Deputy Eric Bandonis, who works out of the Keizer police station. Smith denied officers access to his car, but members of the Community Response Unit (CRU) believed they saw items inside the car that were evidence of narcotics crimes.
After obtaining a search warrant, the vehicle was searched the following day and police found 130 grams of heroin, scales and packaging materials, $3,500 in cash, a pistol and three rifles. One of the rifles was determined to have been stolen.
Smith was charged with delivery of heroin and parole violation. He is being held without bail at the Marion County Correctional Facility.
It was Smith’s fifth arrest on drug charges since May 2016, including two run-ins with Keizer police in the past year.
On Tuesday, June 27, Smith was arrested during a traffic stop by members of the CRU. 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.
Smith was charged with delivery of heroin, cocaine and methamphetamine, being a felon in possession of a firearm and body armor, and theft in the first degree.
Smith’s next court date has not yet been set.