A Smyrna man accused of operating an illegal drug ring has been found guilty of multiple offenses following a two-day trial in Rutherford County Circuit Court.
Roy A. Smith, 55, was convicted Thursday of two misdemeanor drug-related charges, as well as possession of a Schedule III substance for resale and maintaining a dwelling for the purpose of selling or distributing narcotics, both of which are felonies.
In addition, Smith has also been found guilty of violating the terms of his probation, which he still had 25 years left to serve due to a previous sentence, according to La Vergne officials.
Smith is scheduled to be sentenced by a Rutherford County judge on July 8 in Circuit Court. As a result of the conviction, Smith faces a mandatory minimum of 12 years in a Tennessee prison on the felony counts.
News of the conviction comes on the heels of the “Crime in Tennessee 2012” report by the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation showing La Vergne experienced its lowest crime rate in at least a decade. There were 154 narcotics offenses in 2012, up from 133 in 2011.
“This increase of nearly 14 percent in drug arrests shows that our narcotics officers have been aggressively pursuing dope dealers,” said Mike Walker, chief of the La Vergne Police Department. “I have said it before and will say again, we will do everything in our power to keep drugs off the street in La Vergne. We will arrest criminals and charge them to the fullest extent of the law.”
Smith was arrested in June 2012 at his Rocky Fork-Almaville Road home in Smyrna following a joint investigation led by the La Vergne Police Department in cooperation with multiple law enforcement agencies.
La Vergne detectives with the Vice/Narcotics Division of the Police Department conducted a raid on his home on June 15, 2012, with the help of the Rutherford County Sheriff’s Office and National Guard Counter Drug Task Force.
At the time, a GMC pickup truck, cash, 730 Hydrocodone pills, and Oxycodone pills were removed from the home.
After his arrest last year, Walker said the Police Department would do everything in its “power to keep drugs off the streets in La Vergne.”“I am proud of the legwork performed by our detectives,” Walker said, following the raid. “I am pleased with the professionalism demonstrated by the members of our SWAT team, and I am grateful to the Sheriff’s Office and the National Guard Counter Drug Task Force for working with us to make this arrest.”