CLINTON — A Clinton man pleaded guilty Tuesday to two felony drug charges.
Joshua A. Smith, 37, 641 Seventh Ave. South, appeared in Clinton County District Court and pleaded guilty to two counts of possession of methamphetamine, third offense, a Class D felony. The plea agreement says the State will recommend a suspended sentence and the minimum fine, surcharges, costs and attorney’s fees. The State will recommend as a condition of probation Smith successfully complete a substance abuse evaluation and follow through with any recommended treatment, including aftercare at New Directions or a like facility.
The plea agreement says Smith shall have no further law violations during probation, abstain from consuming alcoholic beverages or illegal substances, submit to random urinalysis, maintain stable employment and stable residency and cooperate with any and all other conditions as may be set out by his probation officer. Smith will be responsible for restitution resulting from all counts alleged in the trial information. Smith was released on pretrial release to the Seventh Judicial District Department of Corrections pending sentencing, which is set for 9 a.m. Jan. 11.
According to the affidavit, at 9:07 p.m. Aug. 28, officers conducted a warrant check. Officers upon arrival made contact with a male subject identified as Smith. The officer was familiar with Smith from prior contacts and knew he had an outstanding warrant. Smith admitted to the officer he had methamphetamine in his backpack. The officer, during a search of the backpack, located a plastic container that contained a white crystal-like substance, a metal pipe with residue, a syringe and a glass pipe with residue.
According to a separate affidavit, at 9:30 p.m. Oct. 5, an officer stopped Smith in the 600 block of Seventh Avenue South. Smith was stopped for riding a bicycle without a white light visible to the front. The officer asked Smith if he had anything illegal on him. Smith replied that he did not. The officer asked Smith if he could search his belongings. Smith consented. While searching, the officer located a Batman character tin that contained a syringe with residue and empty bags with a white, crystal-like residue.