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Man gets 6 months for cocaine possession

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BROOKSVILLE - A 21-year-old Spring Hill man was found guilty of cocaine possession, tampering with evidence and selling marijuana.

Kendrick Jamal Smiley, of Handover Court, signed a plea deal Thursday that sentences him to six months in the county jail on each sentence, which will be served concurrently.

Smiley faced a total of 15 years in prison for the three third-degree felony charges, said Judge Daniel Merritt Jr.

Smiley was arrested on January 18 on charges of possession of crack cocaine and tampering with physical evidence.

In an arrest affidavit, Deputy Dane Jenkins wrote he saw Smiley and another male hanging around the Jiffy Food Store on Deltona Boulevard.

The area had been receiving complaints of drug activity.

Jenkins wrote that when he questioned Smiley a short time later, he began acting nervous and tried to divert Jenkins' attention away as he dropped a cigarette pack with crack cocaine packets inside.

Smiley was arrested, and released on $5,000 bond two days later.

In March, Smiley was booked on charges of selling marijuana within 1,000 feet of a church or place of worship.

Because he was already out on bond, he has been held at the Hernando County Jail on no bond since that arrest.

Court records show Smiley was adjudicated guilty on the misdemeanor charge of possession of marijuana in March 2012, and in September 2010 on the felony charge of burglary of a dwelling.

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