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January 5, 2013

Suspect in drug case was out on bail in two burglaries

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Smith is now charged with trafficking in cocaine over one ounce, and possession of class A, B, C and D controlled substances.

Involved in the arrest were Salem police detectives Eric Connolly, Dennis Gaudet, Kevin St. Pierre, Capt. Thomas Griffin, Sgt. James Page, Sgt. Jack Doyle, and Peter Baglione; Sgt. Kristian Hanson, and patrolmen Brian St. Pierre and Dana Mazola.

In April, Smith was one of three men charged with waiting until the Public Storage self-storage warehouse off Bridge Street was closed, then breaking into dozens of storage lockers and loading valuables into a box truck that belonged to one of the other suspects.

Four months later, Beverly police arrested Smith after a homeowner caught him and a second man allegedly breaking into his truck. Police noted at the time that Smith was wearing clear plastic gloves.

Smith was already due to appear in court on Jan. 18 in the earlier cases; a status hearing in his new case is scheduled for then as well. However, because of the amount of cocaine police say they found in his apartment, the case may fall outside of the jurisdiction of the district court and Smith could be indicted.

Courts reporter Julie Manganis can be reached at 978-338-2521, via email at jmanganis@salemnews.com or on Twitter @SNJulieManganis.

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