Drug bust in Dayton’s Bluff

A Chicago man is charged with selling heroin in St. Paul’s Dayton’s Bluff neighborhood, according to a criminal complaint from the Ramsey County attorney’s office.

Angelo Michael Smith, 30, was arrested near Fourth Street East and Maria Avenue on Wednesday, Aug. 21, at 6:45 p.m.

Smith was caught with the help of a confidential informant, the complaint states.

The informant reportedly contacted Smith and arranged to buy 12 bags of heroin worth $100 apiece. The police report said the Dakota County Drug Task Force had been working on the case and provided the informant with the $1,200 to make the purchase.

The informant and Smith met on St. Paul’s West Side and then drove to the East Side to make the transaction on the 600 block of Fourth Street East.

There the informant walked up to Smith’s white GMC conversion van to make the transaction, with police officers in unmarked squad cars watching.

Officers approached the van and witnessed a plastic bag fly from the passenger side window, the complaint said. Officers promptly arrested Smith.

They found 19 small plastic bags containing a “brownish, powdery substance suspected to be heroin” inside a larger plastic sandwich bag in Smith’s van, according to the complaint. They also found another bag outside of the vehicle.

The baggies were later field tested, and were indeed found to be heroin, according to the complaint. The baggies in total weighed about 4.6 grams.

Upon being arrested, Smith denied selling heroin and instead told police he was planning to buy marijuana from the informant, the complaint said.

Police said Smith has prior convictions from Cook County, Ill., for manufacturing and delivering crack cocaine, possession of methamphetamine, and possession of cocaine. He also had a warrant out for his arrest in Minnesota.

His bail was set at $25,000, which was paid by Midwest Bonding, according to the Ramsey County Records department. His next court appearance is Friday, Sept. 6 at the Ramsey County Courthouse.

Smith faces charges of second-degree sale of heroin and third-degree possession of heroin. He could face a combined total of 45 years in prison, $750,000 in fines, or both for the two charges.

Contact Patrick Larkin at 651-748-7816 or at eastside@lillienews.com.

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