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Man pleads in drug case

September 12, 2017 Digital Media Exclusive

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Zachary E. Smith

A former Butler Township man, currently serving more than four years in a state correctional institution for unrelated drug delivery charges in another county, pleaded guilty and was sentenced to drug-related charges in Butler County Court on Tuesday.

Zachary E. Smith, 25, pleaded guilty to misdemeanor possession of a controlled substance and possession of paraphernalia before county Judge William Shaffer.

He was sentenced to 24 months probation and ordered to pay court costs.

The Butler County charges stem from a traffic stop at Route 8 and Rockdale Road, Penn Township, on March 5.

After smelling marijuana, police searched the car and found Smith's backpack, which allegedly contained a Mason jar filled with suspected marijuana, a scale, rolling papers, marijuana grinder and pipe, and a notebook believed to detail what alleged drug buyers owed.

Police said the seized items were evidence of “drug trafficking.”

A full report will appear in the Butler Eagle.

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