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False info leads to arrest

By Sherry Matthews Editor

March 26, 2014

A 39-year-old Garland-area man learned the hard way that giving false information to a law enforcement officer reins down trouble. In this case, it led to five felony drug charges, a massive bond and time in the Sampson Detention Center.


Michael Tryone Smith of 6963 Old Fayetteville Road, Garland, now faces three counts trafficking in cocaine and two counts sell and deliver cocaine, along with one count giving fictitious information to a law enforcement officer, offenses leveled after a traffic stop on Keener Road late Tuesday night.


According to Sheriff’s Lt. Marcus Smith, a deputy pulled the county man over for a motor vehicle violation near Hobbton Highway around 10:40 p.m.


“The driver gave the officer some fictitious information about his name. When the deputy learned that the identity was false and confronted him about the fictitious information, the driver admitted he gave the wrong name,” Smith said, pointing out that the correct name led the officer to the outstanding warrants.


The warrants were served and the deputy additionally charged him with the fictitious information offense.


Michael Smith was placed under a $150,000 bond for the drug warrants and an additional $2,500 bond for the fictitious information charge.


He remained in the Sampson County Detention Center Wednesday afternoon. His first appearance in Sampson District Court is set for Friday.


“This was good, proactive work on behalf of the patrol officer,” Lt. Smith said of the stop and the arrest.