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Teen caught with suspected herion, marijuana

May 18, 2018 Digital Media Exclusive

Austin Smith of Lyndora, charged with felony drug possession in Butler.

A Lyndora teenager on probation was arraigned Friday on felony drug charges for having more than 100 stamp bags of suspected heroin and 20 grams of suspected marijuana.

Austin Paul Smith, 18, was nabbed with the alleged drugs May 3 after two Butler County probation officers spotted him riding a bicycle in the Lyndora area.

One of the officers, who supervises Smith, was immediately suspicious, according to a criminal complaint filed by county Detective Tim Fennell, who heads the Butler County Drug Task Force.

The teen previously told the officer that he was going to be at work that day.

The officers later stopped Smith in the back of Pullman Park in Butler. He handed over a back pack that contained marijuana, a digital scale and cell phone, documents said. He also admitted he had “dope” in his pocket.

A search turned up a plastic prescription bottle containing 101 glassine bags of suspected heroin. The bags were packaged in 11 bundles with rubber bands.

He was subsequently placed in the Butler County Prison on a probation violation.

At Friday's arraignment, District Judge William Fullerton gave Smith a recognizance bond in the drug case. The defendant was later returned to the prison where he's being held on two probation detainers.

Jim Smith

Jim Smith

Grew up in upstate New York. Earned my Journalism degree in 1983 from the University of Texas at Austin. Worked for two newspapers in Fayette County (Pa.) before starting at the Butler Eagle in 1998.