Pictured above: Christopher O’Neil Smith – Picture courtesy of the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office
Lincolnton, NC – A Lincoln County man has been sentenced to a maximum of ten years in prison after pleading guilty in Lincoln County Superior Court Tuesday. (January 21, 2020)
Christopher O’Neil Smith, 32, of Lakeland Avenue, Lincolnton, NC was arrested after being indicted by the Lincoln County Grand Jury in December 2018. He was given a sentence of a minimum 90 months to a maximum 120 months in the North Carolina Department of Corrections.
Neighbors filed complaints about drug activity in the area of Smith’s home on Lakeland Avenue and that prompted the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office Narcotics Division to begin an investigation.
According to detectives, surveillance and undercover techniques were used to purchase various amounts of drugs from Smith on multiple occasions.
Smith pleaded guilty to possession with intent to manufacture a controlled substance Schedule I, possession with intent to manufacture, sell and deliver a controlled substance Schedule I, and possession with intent to manufacture, sell and deliver a controlled substance Schedule III.
Most drug related investigations begin with tips or complaint from citizens. Detectives then begin using various tools and investigation methods to build a case. Anyone with information concerning drug related activity is urged to call the Drug Tip line at 704-736-8606 or Lincolnton/Lincoln County Crime Stoppers at 704-736-8909. All tips are investigated and callers can remain anonymous.
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