Police: Man Drops Bag Of Cocaine Inside Public Library

Police have arrested a man they say dropped a bag of cocaine inside the Selma Public Library. It was all captured on a video security camera system, police say.

Late-Monday, Selma Police were dispatched to the library at 301 N. Pollock Street after an employee found a suspicious item on the floor.

As officers arrived they noticed a patron who appeared to be shocked to see the officer. The patron left hurriedly.

Police said an employee turned over a bag containing 4 smaller bags inside, each containing suspected powder cocaine. Police reviewed footage from the video surveillance camera system which showed a man walking down the hallway and while adjusting his pants, the bag fall to the floor.

Library workers were able to identify the man to police as a daily visitor.

Police left the library and located the man a few blocks away sitting on the front porch of a home on E. Oak Street.

Richard Douglas Smith Jr., 37, of North Sharpe Street, Selma was charged with possession with intent to sell or deliver cocaine.  Police said the cocaine they seized had a potential street value of $300.

After Smith reportedly learned cameras at the library captured the cocaine falling from his pants he replied it was okay because “you never found it on me.”

Smith was transported to the Johnston County Jail and given a $7,500 bond.