A man from Holly Springs surrendered Wednesday on charges he conspired with one of three triplet brothers who are accused of running an operation that made counterfeit Xanax and oxycodone pills laced with powerful narcotic drugs.
Lynell Richard Smith, 23, was accused of conspiring with Etse Dossou to traffic in opiates and of letting a house he rents at 5260 Sunset Lake Road be used to keep and sell the drugs.
Etse, Atsou and Atsoutse Dossou, 22, were arrested May 31 on charges that they ran a pill-manufacturing operation out of multiple places in Wake County, including apartments at the Sky House and Hue high-rise buildings in downtown Raleigh.
The Sunset Lake Road house where Smith lives is owned by a couple from Cary, according to county tax records.
The charges against Smith were in an arrest warrant that Holly Springs police had sworn out on July 3.
Raleigh, Cary and Holly Springs police have been working with federal agents since last year to gather evidence against the Dossous, according to warrants that detectives got in order to search the downtown apartments, a house that Atsou Dossu owns on Ricochet Drive in Raleigh, BMW and Audi automobiles and a truck that police suspect was used to move pill presses among various locations.
Smith was released from custody Thursday on $50,000 bail that had been arranged in an agreement between Smith’s attorney and the Wake County District Attorney’s office and approved by District Judge Margaret Eagles.