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A Columbus woman charged with selling crack cocaine and methamphetamine to a police informant last year goes before a judge this morning in Bartholomew Circuit Court.

Pamela J. Smith, 58, 2202 Hawcreek Ave., is scheduled to appear at 10 a.m. before Judge Stephen Heimann for an initial hearing, when criminal charges she is facing will be read into the court record.

Smith faces two counts of dealing in cocaine and one count of dealing in methamphetamine — all Class B felonies, according to court records. If convicted on all counts, she could be ordered to serve 18 to 60 years in prison, as well as face fines of up to $30,000.

Columbus police arrested Smith on Tuesday afternoon at her home on a warrant.

Narcotics detectives were tipped off by local residents that Smith might be involved in drug dealing, Columbus Police spokesman Lt. Matt Myers said.

The charges involve drug buys conducted twice last fall outside the same shopping complex on the city’s southeast side, according to a probable-cause affidavit filed Monday by investigating officer Brian Kushman.

On Oct. 2, 2013, Smith sold a small amount of cocaine to a police informant for $100, Kushman stated in his affidavit. The second purchase on Oct. 23 made by the same informant involved quantities of both cocaine and methamphetamine, the affidavit stated.

Besides the drug charges, there are three other court cases listing Smith as the defendant that were reopened after her arrest, according to court records.

Last September, Smith pleaded guilty to criminal trespassing and was placed on probation for a year, court records show.

In exchange for the plea, three misdemeanor charges of conversion filed in separate cases were dropped, court records state. In Indiana, conversion involves exerting unauthorized use or control of someone else’s property.

However, since Smith was on probation when arrested Tuesday, those cases have been reopened. An initial hearing on one count of conversion is scheduled for July 7, while a fact-finding hearing regarding her probation is set for July 21.

In 2010, Smith received an 18-month suspended sentence after being arrested two years earlier for theft.

Smith was being held Wednesday afternoon at the Bartholomew County Jail in lieu of $75,000 surety or $7,500 cash bond, jail spokeswoman Malisa Holt said.

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