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City man booked on drug charges

An Altoona man who state police said had heroin and methamphetamine in his pickup truck is due to appear in court Tuesday.

William J. Smith, 51, was stopped by state police at 1:30 a.m. Sunday at South Seventh Street and Grant Avenue because of an alleged tail light violation. When Smith was asked to step out of his truck because his license was DUI suspended, the trooper noticed signs that Smith was impaired, according to the charges.

Smith allegedly admitted he took oxycodone and then consented to a search of the truck. State police noted that a wax bag of methamphetamine and 11 bundles of heroin were found in the truck’s center console.

A bundle of heroin is typically 10 packets of the drug.

State police said Smith underwent various roadside tests and was suspected to be under the influence of drugs. He was taken to UPMC Altoona for a blood test after he was tested by a state police drug recognition expert.

Smith was booked on felony and misdemeanor drug charges as well as DUI-related counts, and he remains in Blair County Prison.

Smith is scheduled to appear before Magisterial District Judge Paula Aigner on Tuesday for a preliminary hearing.

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