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The 39-year-old had been out of federal prison for a little more than a year, records show.
Shyheem Smith, now 39, pleaded guilty Nov. 15, 2010, to December 2008 charges of distribution of crack cocaine (three counts), distribution of 5 grams or more of crack (two counts) and possession with intent to distribute 50 grams or more of crack, according to paperwork from the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania.
Easton police monitored Smith and a co-defendant for about four months in 2008 before charging them Dec. 23 of that year, according to an Express-Times account of the arrests.
Three sales were made to cooperating witnesses in city parking lots on the South Side and Downtown, police said at the time.
When Smith was arrested Dec. 23, 2008, he was in possession of 70 grams of crack, police said.
Smith was charged in county court, but cases there were ended by the prosecution, court papers show, likely in deference to the federal charges.
It wasn’t immediately clear if Smith received credit for time served after his arrest but before his guilty plea. If the clock was ticking from the time of his arrest and he never made bail, he would have been behind bars for five years and less than two months out of the 10-year sentence.
Court papers from his 2010 guilty plea show he was prohibited from owning a firearm.
After Smith was arrested Wednesday, police say they severed narcotics search warrants at 1010 Belmont St. in Williams Township and 227 S. 17th St. in Wilson Borough. They recovered $30,000 in cocaine, a loaded 25-caliber handgun, nearly $19,000 in cash, a police scanner and packaging/manufacturing equipment, police said.
Four vehicles were also taken and will be searched at a later time, Lt. Matthew Gerould said. Smith was selling drugs across the West Ward and controlled buys were made as part of the investigation, Gerould said.
While Henry Rouhand and Grace Sarkis, who Northampton County property records show own 1010 Belmont St., didn’t immediately return a phone message, the owner of 227 S. 17 St., David Colver, said Smith wasn’t on the lease for Apartment 2 and he’d never heard his name before.
Colver said a woman and a boy live in the upstairs apartment.
“He’s not my tenant,” Colver, the head of the Palmer Township supervisors, said, adding he spends a lot of time around his properties and there was no “guy or boyfriend” living in the apartment.
Gerould said Smith was “bouncing around” various homes and hotels, likely in an effort to avoid police.
Colver said he hadn’t heard a narcotics search warrant was served Wednesday at his property, which fronts at 1701 Washington Blvd., but his next stop on Thursday would be his Wilson Borough property to find out what was going on, he said.
Smith in September 2001 was charged in Easton with possession with intent to deliver crack, records show. On July 7 of that year he sold a gram of crack to a confidential informant and more crack and a small amount of marijuana were found in the patrol car after his arrest, police said at the time.
He pleaded guilty in May 2002 to possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance — two related charges were dropped — and was sentenced to 15 to 54 months in state prison, court records say. He was released June 23, 2004, court papers say.
Smith was arraigned Wednesday night on the most recent charges and sent to Northampton County Prison in lieu of $100,000 bail, a Northampton County Department of Corrections employee confirmed.