POINT PLEASANT — A Point Pleasant man has been arrested on drug charges by officers with the Point Pleasant Police Department.
Paul Larry Smith, Jr., 45, has been charged with possession with intent to deliver heroin and possession with intent to deliver suboxone. Smith appeared before Mason County Magistrate Gail Roush who set his bond at $50,000. As of Thursday night, he remained incarcerated at the Western Regional Jail.
According to Point Police Chief Joe Veith, the investigation began with reports of breaking and enterings and thefts in the 700-block of Viand Street. Colby Dewitt, 19, Henderson, was brought in for questioning in the case, along with an unnamed female. Dewitt was wanted on a warrant out of Gallia County, Ohio and was transported to the Western Regional Jail. As a result of the investigation regarding stolen property, officers obtained a search warrant for Smith’s apartment, also located in the 700-block of Viand Street.
While searching Smith’s apartment, officers found a pill bottle hidden under a toboggan containing 25 small, individually packaged baggies which resembled heroin, according to the criminal complaint.
The complaint goes on to state, there were baggies located in the kitchen, allegedly used for packaging the heroin. The alleged heroin was field tested and did test positive for heroin, also according to the complaint. In another bottled that the heroin bottle was inside of, were eight unopened suboxone strips with no prescription, according to officers.
Smith was not at the apartment during the search but did turn himself in at the PPPD where he was then arrested.
According to PPPD Lt. Shawn Ross, the seizure of heroin at Smith’s apartment totaled 3.99 grams.
“We’ll never stop it, but we can’t sit on our hands,” Veith said about the drug epidemic not just in Point Pleasant but around the entire region and country.
Veith said more charges will likely be following in Smith’s case which remains an open investigation.
Assisting the PPPD, were deputies from the Mason County Sheriff’s Department.
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