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Probation violation leads to drug arrest


News Staff Writer

An Atmore man, picked up by Escambia County Sheriff’s Office deputies on a probation violation charge, found himself further charged with four drug-related offenses after he was booked into the county jail.
Sheriff’s reports show that 41-year-old LaPatrick Devon Smith, apparently of a Jack Springs Road address, was arrested December 15 on the probation warrant and was processed into the Escambia County Detention Center.
A routine pre-lockup search of the arrestee turned up undisclosed amounts of marijuana and methamphetamine, as well as a glass pipe. He reportedly had identification papers showing several addresses, but the Jack Springs Road residence was the most current.
The county jail’s website shows that Smith has been booked into the facility at least 15 times since 2008, almost all his arrests stemming from drug possession, failure to appear in court or failure to adhere to conditions of his release, and probation violation.
Jail records show Smith is being held without bond on the probation violation charge. He is also charged with one count each of first-degree promoting prison contraband, first-degree possession of a controlled substance (meth), second-degree possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia.
Smith was released from jail December 23 after a $15,000 bond was posted on his behalf.