Hearing set for St. Louis man on drug charges

Monday, January 15, 2018

A St. Louis resident faces multiple charges following a traffic stop on Tuesday, Oct. 17, 2017.

According to a probable cause statement, a Missouri State Highway Patrol officer spotted a gold Chrysler Cirrus pass his observation point on Interstate 70. The vehicle had no front license plate, which prompted the officer to proceed onto the highway and follow the vehicle. After inquiring about the vehicle's registration, it was discovered the registration belonged to a 1999 Honda.

The statement said the officer of record then conducted a traffic stop for registration violation. He contacted the driver and front seat passenger of the vehicle. The driver was identified as Richard Smith, 67, St. Louis, and his passenger was McKinley Robinson, 62, St. Louis.

The officer asked Smith to take a seat in his patrol car. A background check of Smith revealed his driving status was revoked, and he had 18 prior driving while suspended/revoked convictions in the last 10 years. The statement also said Smith had a lengthy criminal history. McKinley's driving status returned as valid. His background check also showed he was on probation for a murder charge.

The officer of record then conducted a vehicle search, upon approval from Smith. The search revealed four marijuana cigarillos inside the center console. No other contraband was found. Smith was taken to the Saline County Sheriff's Department for processing, according to the report. The vehicle was released to McKinley.

Unofficial online court documents state Smith faces two class D misdemeanor drug charges for possession of marijuana/synthetic cannabinoid of 10 grams or less and unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia. Additionally, he is also charged with a class E felony of driving while revoked/suspended, a class D misdemeanor of operating a motor vehicle without maintaining financial responsibility and a vehicle infraction for failing to display plates on a motor vehicle.

A $5,000 personal recognizance bond with conditions was set. A hearing is scheduled for Wednesday, Feb. 14, at 9 a.m. in a Division VI Saline County courtroom.