Officer David Dudenhoeffer stopped 58-year old Michael Amule Smith at North Market and East Academy Wednesday morning just before 10am. The officer believed he was acting suspiciously, and very nervous so he asked to search his car. The search found a baggie filled with an off-white powder, determined to be crack cocaine. Smith was arrested for the possession of controlled substances in a drug free zone, because he was close to the First Baptist Church School. This is the fifth arrest of men either in their 50s or early 60s for crack possession in the past week. District Attorney Julie Renken says crack is highly addictive along with methamphetamines and expects to be prosecuting crack and meth users for decades to come.
Renken notes that the crack form of cocaine came on the scene in the early 1980s and that may explain why men in the 50s and 60s are still being arrested for its possession.