Crime

Bail at $50K for Kennewick man in drug, burglary case

A Kennewick man remains jailed on $50,000 bail on allegations he is a drug supplier and had more than 120 grams of black tar heroin and a loaded pistol in his home.

Michael Scott Smith, 48, pleaded innocent Thursday in Benton County Superior Court to possessing heroin with intent to deliver, first-degree unlawful possession of a firearm and second-degree possession of stolen property.

His trial is set April 13.

Benton County sheriff's deputies were investigating a shed burglary when tips led them to Smith's home.

During a Feb. 11 search, they found heroin, two digital scales and a loaded .380-caliber pistol, court documents said.

Smith reportedly was convicted in Franklin County in 2000 for possessing drugs with intent to deliver and consequently is not allowed to possess a gun.

Also found at his house were tools the shed's owner identified as stolen in the burglary some time between Jan. 15 and Feb. 11, documents said.

Smith, in court Thursday, tried to get the judge to lower his bail, saying, "I've been in no trouble, your honor, in ... years. No kind of trouble."

Also at Smith's home during the search was Leona Ann McKereghan, according to court documents. Deputies reportedly found 19 grams of heroin in her purse.

McKereghan, who turns 46 Sunday, has pleaded innocent to possessing heroin. Her trial is set May 4.

Smith's house became a focus of investigators after they tracked down Kenneth Ray Moore as the main suspect in the shed burglary, court documents said.

Moore told deputies he had given heroin to the burglary victim's girlfriend. In exchange, the woman gave him a 1997 Harley-Davidson and a rollaway toolbox with tools, documents said.

Moore reportedly had plans to "chop" the motorcycle and sell the parts.

Investigators found records at a Tri-City pawn shop showing Moore had turned in one of the tools for cash, prosecutors said in court documents.

Moore, 44, claims he obtains drugs from Smith and then is the middleman for other users, court documents said.

Moore has pleaded innocent to first-degree trafficking of stolen property and first-degree taking a vehicle without permission.

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