41-year-old Nicholas Francis Smith of Maiden was arrested Monday (August 24) by Lincoln County Sheriff’s Officers. He’s charged with two felony counts of trafficking heroin, one felony count apiece of possession with intent to sell and deliver heroin and maintaining a vehicle for a controlled substance. Smith was also charged with displaying a fictitious registration plate.
A Lincoln County Sheriff’s Deputy was observing traffic at around 1:00 a.m. Monday at Optimist Club Road and four lane NC Highway 16 when the driver of a vehicle made a suspicious move in a turnaround onto Highway 16. The deputy followed the vehicle traveling north on Highway 16 and checked the license plate, which came back to a Ford but was being displayed on a Lexus ES-330.
The Deputy stopped the vehicle near the St. James Church Road intersection and made contact with the occupants of the vehicle, a female passenger and a male driver. While speaking with the driver the officer saw a set of brass knuckles partially hidden near the driver’s seat. A search reportedly resulted in the discovery of illegal drugs, drug paraphernalia and other items.
The female passenger was not charged. Smith was placed in the Harven A. Crouse Detention Center under a $200,000 secured bond. He remained in jail as of earlier today (August 25), a District Court appearance is scheduled for September 3.