Smoot could face up to 50 years

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

A Greencastle has entered a guilty plea to a charge of Class A felony dealing in cocaine.

Michael Smoot, 45, will be sentenced by Putnam County Circuit Court Judge Matthew Headley on April 2. A Class A felony is punishable by up to 50 years in prison.

Smoot, who initially said he would defend himself against the charge, is now being represented by public defender James Recker. A warrant for Smoot was issued on March 27, 2008, but he eluded police and was not arrested or arraigned until October.

Bond for Smoot was set at $50,000 cash, and a bond reduction request was denied on Nov. 13.

According to court documents, Putnam County Sheriff's Department officers met with a confidential informant on March 22, 2008. The informant said he was "willing to make a controlled buy" at Smoot's home.

The informant told officers he had heard Smoot "had just gotten into town with a load of cocaine to sell," and that Smoot had already offered to sell him cocaine if the informant would come to Smoot's house.

The informant was fitted with a wire and given $200 in cash to make the buy. He was followed by two officers to Smoot's home.

The informant entered Smoot's home, where he purchased nine bags of cocaine. Officers were also able to capture a sale to another subject through the informant's wire.

Later that same evening, members of the Greencastle ERT Team served a search warrant on Smoot's home, but by the time they got there Smoot -- and the drugs -- were gone.

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  • When this raid story first got out, readers believed that there was no cause for busting in this home. Now the rest of the story came out. There WAS cause after all.

    -- Posted by Xgamer on Wed, Mar 11, 2009, at 5:34 AM
  • Off the subject...What is the normal community service hours given to someone who gets there first DUI??????? thanks

    -- Posted by badboy46120 on Wed, Mar 11, 2009, at 8:12 AM
  • I think I had 24 plus 3 weekends in jail.

    -- Posted by L & L inc. on Wed, Mar 11, 2009, at 8:53 AM
  • Who is suppose to proof read these articles?

    the very first sentence.

    A Greencastle has entered..........A Greencastle what.

    it is a shame that the editor herself continues to make these errors over and over.

    -- Posted by busymom48 on Wed, Mar 11, 2009, at 11:01 AM
  • It's actually the same article that she wrote last time on this man...copy and paste...word for word.

    -- Posted by citizenoftheworld on Wed, Mar 11, 2009, at 3:21 PM
  • I'M sorry same except for the guilty plea. That's the only difference.

    -- Posted by citizenoftheworld on Wed, Mar 11, 2009, at 3:22 PM
  • I wonder if the big boss reads these articles?

    -- Posted by reeltime on Thu, Mar 12, 2009, at 9:30 AM
  • You all need to use some imagination when reading this article (and others) and quit your snibblin and belly aching.

    -- Posted by Harmony Church on Thu, Mar 12, 2009, at 6:35 PM
  • Imaginative news? Is this a Fox subsidiary?

    -- Posted by reeltime on Fri, Mar 13, 2009, at 10:47 AM
  • What about the man's family? What about contributions to society (work, taxes)? What did the informant do to become an informant and where is he now?

    -- Posted by PenGwen on Sun, Mar 29, 2009, at 3:41 PM
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