'Narco state': Alorton staffer in jail on pot charges

News-DemocratJanuary 24, 2014 

— Problems continue to plague the village of Alorton and its staff as a clerk is the latest employee to be arrested.

Luvina Mobley Smith, 50, of 3862 E. Broadway in Alorton, was arrested early Friday, shortly after she left her job at Smitty's Convenient Mart in Brooklyn. She was charged Friday with felony drug possession.

Smith was charged by St. Clair County State's Attorney Brendan Kelly with unlawful possession of marijuana. She was being held in the St. Clair County Jail in lieu of $50,000 bail.

In wake of this latest arrest, Kelly said, "Alorton City Hall is becoming a criminal narco state at the expense of the citizens of Alorton."

Brooklyn Police Chief Tony Tomlinson said Smith was leaving Brooklyn on Illinois 3 early Friday when she was pulled over by his canine officer on a traffic violation. She was driving a 2014 Ford Taurus.

"The officer ran her information and got his dog, B'dar, out of the car. B'dar indicated that there were drugs in the car," prompting the officer to request Smith to step out of the car, Tomlinson said.

She initially refused to step out but she did get out after about 10 minutes.

The officer found a felony amount of marijuana and possibly some prescription narcotics that were not in her name, Tomlinson said.

Tomlinson said the marijuana was individually wrapped. The prescription drugs will be sent to a lab for testing.

Smith has a previous conviction for tax fraud. At the time, her last name was Kidd.

Alorton Mayor Joann Reed said she was simply "shocked and devastated."

"It's nothing I would've seen coming. I simply don't have any answers. I don't know. I only know what I heard. I have not been told anything formally. I am out of town. I am waiting on my deputy mayor to get the facts and call me," Reed said.

She said Smith has been a clerk with the village for six months and confirmed she is former Alorton Mayor Callie Mobley's daughter.

Reed, herself, is facing criminal charges. She is alleged to have smuggled a cellphone and fried chicken into the cell of a female relative at the village police department.

Kelly said he anticipates Reed's case will be going to trial.

Former Alorton Mayor Randy McCallum is serving a 42-month sentence in federal prison for theft of government property, intent to distribute cocaine, attempting to smuggle contraband into a jail and lying to police. He is scheduled for release in January 2015.

Contact reporter Carolyn P. Smith at 618-239-2503.

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