Woman arrested in Norwood after drug bust, charged with death by distribution

Published 9:17 am Monday, December 20, 2021

On Dec. 7, the Stanly County Sheriff’s Narcotics Division, Criminal Investigations Division and the Norwood Police Department responded to Norwood in reference to an overdose.

Subsequently, a search warrant was conducted by the Stanly County Sheriff’s Office, Norwood Police Department and the Stanly County Sheriff’s Office SWAT team at 254 Summit St.  Investigators seized heroin/fentanyl and paraphernalia during the search.

Christa Michelle Smith, 33, was arrested on Dec. 10 for possession with intent to manufacture/sell/deliver heroin, maintaining a dwelling for the selling of a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia, death by distribution of a dangerous controlled substance and second-degree murder.

Smith is being held in the Ralph McSwain Detention Center under a $400,000 secured bond. Her court appearance was to be Dec. 20.

Christa Smith was arrested last week. Photo courtesy of the Stanly County Sheriff’s Office.