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Alabama man faces Davison Co. drug charges

An Alabama man has been arrested in Davison County for possessing a controlled substance.

According to court documents, Juson Wayne Smith, 31, of Carbon Hill, Ala., was speeding in a construction zone on Interstate 90 in the Mitchell area. South Dakota State Trooper John Lord pulled Smith over and allegedly observed Smith was overly nervous. Lord asked him about illegal drugs, and Smith allegedly said he had smoked marijuana the day before.

Lord deployed his drug dog, Aros, around the vehicle, and the dog allegedly indicated the odor of illegal drugs.

Lord reported finding three pills in a cigarette wrapper in the ashtray. Smith allegedly said he was under the care of a methadone clinic in Alabama, but could not produce paperwork to prove he legally possessed the drugs. Smith allegedly told Lord he also took additional pills from the clinic.

Smith is charged with possession of a controlled substance for having methadone. The charge carries a maximum of five years in prison, a $10,000 fine or both.

He is also charged with misdemeanor possession of a firearm without a permit. He had a loaded 9 mm pistol in a backpack on his front seat, according to court documents.