Discount Store Owner Faces More Drug Charges After Second Arrest

LINCOLNTON, NC — A discount store owner has been arrested again for selling large amounts of opioid pain pills, according to authorities.

Deputies arrested 39-year-old Mandi Smith, of Iron Station, for two felony counts each of Trafficking Opium or Heroin by Sell, Trafficking Opium or Heroin by Deliver, and Trafficking Opium or Heroin by Possession. She was also charged with four felony counts of Maintaining a Dwelling for Controlled Substances and one felony count of Sell and Deliver Schedule II Controlled Substance and Possession with Intent to Sell and Deliver a Schedule II Controlled Substance.

Officials say Smith was also arrested and charged with Trafficking Opium or Heroin, among other felonies, back in March after detectives seized nearly one and a half pounds of marijuana, more than 70 grams of oxycodone pills, two handguns, drug paraphernalia, and over $13,000 in cash from her store.

According to reports, Smith sold trafficking amounts of opioid pain pills at the store during business hours. Pills were purchased during several undercover investigations, officials say, and led them to believe that Smith was making a sizable profit from the sales.

Smith has been placed in the Harven A. Crouse Detention Center under a $478,000 secured bond. Detectives say the investigation is ongoing.