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Charges against Phil Smart dropped

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SHERRY LONG
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WAXAHACHIE - Charges against Phil Smart were dropped last Thursday, Jan. 4 when he appeared in the Ellis County Court at Law No. 2 in Waxahachie.

Smart, a Libertarian, ran unsuccessfully against Republican incumbent Kip Averitt for District 22 in November.

Smart was arrested in October after officials said he violated his probation when stopped by a Red Oak police officer for a traffic violation.

The officer alleged Smart had illegal drugs in his possession, found during the stop. Smart was officially charged with one on possession of a dangerous drug and another civil charge of possession of a controlled substance.

'Sometime ago I provided evidence that these were actually my own personal prescriptions,' Smart said.

'I do believe by living here for as long as I have, there's definitely no coincidence that every time I ran for office, I get arrested on some [phony] charge.'

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