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Spring Hill man, woman booked on drug trafficking charges

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SPRING HILL Chad Irish, 31, and Tammy Smith, 35, were arrested Tuesday night on charges of drug trafficking.

Irish was pulled over after running a stop sign, according to an arrest affidavit. A search of the car later found 8.1 grams of methadone, as well as Hydromorphone and Oxycodone pills and drug paraphernalia, according to the sheriff’s office.

The deputy’s arrest affidavit reads that when he approached the driver’s window, he saw Irish try to hide something between the seats. Irish said he was driving with a suspended license due to unpaid traffic fines. A check revealed Irish’s license was suspended in 2011.

When Irish was asked to get out of the vehicle, the deputy saw “in plain view” a small plastic bag full of pills, later counted as 40 methadone pills that weighed in at 8.1 grams.

A further search found 6 Hydromorphone pills, 7 Oxycodone pills and a marijuana pipe.

Irish said the pipe was used for smoking synthetic marijuana, and told the deputy at first he didn’t know the pills were in his car. Later, Irish said the pills were Smith’s, and that his fingerprints would be on the bag because he was “holding them” for her.

Smith told law enforcement she did not have any drugs on her, but then “voluntarily began to pull her bra away from her chest at which point 5 white round pills … fell to the ground.” Smith said she went with Irish to the bank to get cash, then to a location to purchase the drugs.

Smith was booked on no bond due to a violation of probation for a petty theft charge, and received charges of trafficking in methadone, two counts of possessing a controlled substance and one count of possessing/using drug equipment. Court records show Smith had been arrested in January 2012 for failure to appear, and in 2010 on multiple drug charges and probation violation.

Irish had his bond at $72,000 for the charges of trafficking in methadone, two counts of possessing a controlled substance, one count of possessing/using drug equipment and driving with a suspended license. Court records show Irish avoided a guilty verdict on charges of possession of a controlled substance in 2008 through a pre-trial diversion program.

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