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Arrest On Failure To Appear Warrants Leads To Felony Drug Charges
Ryan Marie Smith
courtesy of Catawba Co. Sheriff's Office

Arrest on Failure to Appear Warrants Leads to Felony Drug Charges

27-year-old Ryan Marie Smith of Wendwood Drive in Lenoir has been arrested by Catawba County Narcotics Officers on charges of trafficking opium or heroin (oxycodone), possession of methamphetamine, possession of a controlled substance on prison or jail premises, and possession with intent to manufacture, sell, or deliver a schedule II controlled substance. She was also charged with misdemeanor counts of possession of marijuana less than half-an-ounce and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Smith was arrested yesterday (May 31) when Catawba County Investigators spotted her in the parking lot at a convenience store on Highway 16 North in Conover. She was taken into custody on outstanding orders for arrest for failure to appear. She reportedly failed to appear in court on counts of breaking & entering a motor vehicle, larceny of a motor vehicle, and possession of stolen motor vehicle.

During the arrest, Smith’s vehicle was searched, resulting in the seizure of 57 dosage units of oxycodone, along with small quantities of methamphetamine and marijuana.

Smith was jailed yesterday in the Catawba County Detention Facility under a $59,000 secured bond. A first appearance in District Court was scheduled today in Newton. A Superior Court date on the stolen vehicle charges is coming up on July 18.