COATESVILLE (WTXF) - A Coatesville man has been charged after police found large quantities of drugs, five firearms, and cash in his heavily fortified home when executing a search warrant.
According to a criminal complaint, officers obtained a search warrant for a home belonging to Ronald Smith on the 400 block of Valley Road based on drug activity out of the home. The warrant was executed on November 11.
Police discovered that Smith’s home was heavily fortified and contained surveillance equipment consistent with drug dealing. The front door was reinforced with a steel security bar.
There were surveillance cameras both outside and insider the home, along with a monitor showing live video feed from the camera.
Smith’s personal belongings were present throughout the home.
Inside, police found large amounts of cocaine -- both crack and powder -- heroin, crystal methamphetamine, prescription pills, and marijuana. The home also had digital scales to weigh drugs, plastic baggies for packaging, and a cutting agent to increase the weight of the drugs.
There was also a safe for storing drugs and cash.
Officers found and seized numerous firearms including: a long rifle with a scope, a revolver with an obliterated serial number, a .357 magnum revolver with an extended barrel, a Tec-9 semiautomatic firearm, and a Colt .380 caliber semiautomatic firearm with high capacity magazines.
Smith is prohibited from possessing firearms under Pennsylvania law.
He has been charged with possession with intent to distribute drugs, firearms offenses, and related charges. He is currently a fugitive.