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Brothers charged in Raleigh drug bust

Posted July 18, 2012

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— Police arrested two brothers Wednesday and seized what they are calling a "significant" amount of marijuana from a home near Raleigh's historic Five Points neighborhood.

Franklin Henry Smith III, 31, of 2401 Churchill Road, was charged with possession with intent to sell and deliver marijuana, possession with intent to sell and deliver prescription medication and maintaining a dwelling for the purpose of sale or delivery of controlled substances.

He was released on a $15,000 bond.

Joseph Huber Smith, 22, also of 2401 Churchill Road, was charged with possession of heroin and possession of drug paraphernalia and released on a $5,000 bond.

Both men are due in court Thursday morning.

Because evidence was still being processed Wednesday afternoon, a police spokesman could not say how much drugs were recovered from the house, but he estimated it to be pounds.

Joseph Huber Smith Neighbors cheer Raleigh drug arrests

Neighbors cheered the arrests, saying they had been working with Raleigh police for months about suspicious activity at the home.

"I was ecstatic (about the arrests)," said one neighbor, who did not want to be identified. "It's been a long road of everybody just watching what was going on and getting sick and tired of seeing this constantly going on, like a revolving door over there."

He and others told officers that, almost daily, they would see the two men openly dealing drugs and exchanging wads of money in front of the house.

They said some of those alleged deals happened in the presence of young children.

"It was a group effort to get rid of this element out of the neighborhood," the neighbor said. "It shouldn't be anywhere, but we don't want it around our children."

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  • passport423 Jul 25, 3:40 p.m.

    "we have unsolved murders in this town."

    And some (perhaps most) of them occurred because of drugs.

  • jimmycrackcorn Jul 20, 3:11 p.m.

    Watch a Sex Offender move into the house...ironic?

  • Bewitched Jul 20, 10:52 a.m.

    "'If you choose to smoke pot smoke it up but not in front of my kids...' greg

    Keep your kids off my property and they won't see a thing.
    storchheim" LOL! How true! I'm a middle-aged person with no children, and none ever come to my home. What I do in my own home should be my own business when it doesn't harm anyone else.

  • storchheim Jul 19, 7:52 p.m.

    "If you choose to smoke pot smoke it up but not in front of my kids..." greg

    Keep your kids off my property and they won't see a thing.

  • bitsyfae1 Jul 19, 3:41 p.m.

    $20 a gram? Being able to levitate would have to be guaranteed!

  • 414tater Jul 19, 3:40 p.m.

    Death Penalty.

    Roy G Biv
    REALLY?

  • JoCoGrl Jul 19, 3:38 p.m.

    "$20 for what? $20 a gram weed is awesome." jjordan231179

    HaHa. Yeah, if you are talking about per gram, that would be pretty awesome. I actually might would be a little scared of that. LOL

  • jjordan231179 Jul 19, 2:54 p.m.

    "So what happens when you legalize it and your $20 bag of weed costs $200?"-Roy G Biv

    I couldn't imagine smoking $20 weed. That would be just terrible.
    JoCoGrl
    July 19, 2012 1:27 p.m.
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    $20 for what? $20 a gram weed is awesome.

  • OneLove Jul 19, 2:46 p.m.

    I couldn't imagine smoking $20 weed. That would be just terrible. JoCoGrl ~ I'm serious. Where they do that at?

  • storchheim Jul 19, 2:42 p.m.

    Oh, burger joint, no question! Pot effects are nothing like alcohol. Pot kind of expands your point of view but doesn't alter your personality or motor skills. No stumbling, falling or slurred speech (or spitting flecks on the person next to you). No blackouts from drunkenness. No rage, no beatings.

    No danger.

    Disclaimer: of course you shouldn't get behind the wheel, run machines, or let kids have it. But we already know that.

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