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Last updated: September 02. 2014 6:28PM - 10070 Views
By Sherry Beason-Schmitt sbeasonschmitt@civitasmedia.com



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Eric James Smith of Thurmond was charged Friday with felony drug charges and resisting arrest. It all allegedly started with a 50-cent container of Silly Putty.


According to a report from the Elkin Police Department, Smith, 41, opened a can of Silly Putty in the Elkin Walmart, dropped the contents on the floor and then walked away. The store’s security confronted Smith and took him to the office. Smith became uncooperative, would not sit down and had an attitude that prompted a call to the Elkin Police Department with the intent to charge Smith with property damage, the officer reported.


“Mr. Smith became agitated when he saw me,” stated the responding officer. “At that time I began to search Mr. Smith. I retrieved a wallet from his left pocket, but when I reached into his right front pocket Mr. Smith yelled out ‘No!’ and grabbed my wrist and began pulling me. I shoved Mr. Smith across the room, drew my taser and ordered him to turn around and place his hands behind his back. Mr. Smith complied with this order and was handcuffed.”


The report stated a black pouch, discovered in Smith’s pocket, contained: 4.9 grams of methamphetamine, 11 opana, 40 mg; eight oxydodone, 40 mg.; five hydromorphone, 30 mg.; one hydromorphone, 40 mg.; and black Silly Putty.


The report alleged that Smith was impaired at the time of the incident.


Smith was taken before Magistrate Frank Dearmin who found probable cause on the charges of felony possession possession of methamphetamine, possession of opana, possession of oxycodone, possession of hydromorphone, possession of hydromorphone, misdemeanor larceny, resist, obstruct and delay and assault on a police officer.


Bond was set at $15,000 secured, and restitution is owed to Walmart in the amount of 50 cents. A court date is set for Oct. 2.


Sherry Beason-Schmitt may be reached at 336-258-4059.


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