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The Rolla Daily News - Rolla, MO
  • Rolla woman found guilty of trying to sell heroin

  • A Rolla woman who police arrested last year in a grocery store after finding her with heroin was convicted last week in court.
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  • A Rolla woman who police arrested last year in a grocery store after finding her with heroin was convicted last week in court.
    Ashlee Smith, 27, of Rolla, was found guilty March 18 in Phelps County Circuit Court on the charge of possession with the intent to distribute heroin, a Class B felony.
    Smith had previously waived her right to a jury trial and instead the case was decided by Judge William E. Hickle.
    Her sentencing hearing has been scheduled for May 19, 2014 at 9: a.m. before Judge Hickle.  
    Phelps County Prosecuting Attorney John Beger said because this was Smith’s third drug-related crime, “as a result she is facing 10 to 30 years in prison, without the eligibility for probation or parole.” Beger added, “Whatever sentence Judge Hickle imposes, Ms. Smith will serve every day of it.”
    According to the prosecutor’s office, Smith was arrested last year for stealing at Country Mart by Spo. Jessie Hoyt, of the Rolla Police Department, after Hoyt observed Smith trying to dispose of a small zippered pouch.
    “After seizing the pouch, Hoyt located heroin and paraphernalia,” a news release from the prosecutor’s office stated.
    Smith was later interviewed by Spo. Steven Gray, of the RPD, where she confessed to possessing the heroin and intending to sell it to specific people.
    “Heroin is a huge problem in the area with numerous overdoses and deaths during the last few years,” said Phelps County Assistant Prosecuting Attorney Brendon Fox, who prosecuted the case. “This was an excellent investigation by Hoyt and Gray. Thanks to them, another dangerous heroin dealer is off the streets.”

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