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$540K bond for suspect in Franklin heroin, pill probe

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LOUISBURG — Franklin County officials arrested a Louisburg man Thursday accused of selling heroin and prescription pills.

The suspect, 24-year-old David Sidney Smith, was held at the Franklin County Detention Center under a $540,000 secured bond, according to a press release.

In the release, the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office said received multiple complaints from citizens about alleged drug sales at Smith’s home in the 100 block of Smooth Rider Road.

A search of his home after his arrest turned up heroin, pills, a Smith & Wesson gun, cash, scales and drug paraphernalia, according to deputies.

“This is another great example of taking information that makes our communities safer,” Franklin Sheriff Kent Winstead said in a statement.

He added that working together with other law enforcement agencies “is an effective way of truly making a difference.”

The Franklin County Sheriff’s Office, the U.S. Attorney’s Office, the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration and the N.C. Alcohol Law Enforcement were credited in the release as helping the investigation.

Smith was charged with three counts of possession with intent to sell or deliver a schedule I controlled substance, possession with intent to sell or deliver a schedule II controlled substance, two counts of selling or delivering heroin, two counts of maintaining a vehicle or dwelling place for a controlled substance, two counts conspiracy to sell and deliver heroin, two counts trafficking in opiates and possession of a firearm by a felon.

Smith was convicted of felony possession of stolen goods in 2017, according to the N.C. Department of Public Safety.