Thursday, September 11, 2003

Drug suspect a wholesaler, police say



By Jane Prendergast
The Cincinnati Enquirer

Cocaine busts in Cincinnati aren't usually measured in pounds.

But officers Tuesday arrested a man they call a drug wholesaler and confiscated more than 21/2 pounds of crack and powder cocaine. Police say that equals more than 1,000 street deals.

On Logan Street in Over-the-Rhine, Lt. Jeff Butler saw a man in a gold Chevy Tahoe sell crack, he said.

Butler arrested Mark Smith and said he found almost 83 grams of crack in Smith's pants.

At Smith's West Ninth Street apartment, police said they found more cocaine - 1.8 pounds of crack and more than half a pound of powder.

Smith, 29, was charged with drug trafficking, drug possession and illegally having a weapon. He remains jailed in Hamilton County.

E-mail jprendergast@enquirer.com




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