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February 19. 2013 5:17PM
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PLAINS TWP. – State police at Wyoming recovered a large bag containing smaller bags of a white substance, two spent shell casings and a spent bullet inside a vehicle when Leslie Smith was found dead from multiple gunshot wounds, according to a search warrant affidavit.

State police obtained the search warrant for the vehicle, a 2013 Nissan Altima, which is registered to Enterprise Rental in Tulsa, Okla. The vehicle has a Pennsylvania license plate.

Smith, 27, last known address as North Washington Street, Wilkes-Barre, was found in the car by Plains Township police investigating a crash at the entrance to the Red Roof Inn on state Route 315 just after 7:30 p.m. Friday.

Luzerne County Acting Coroner William Lisman said an autopsy showed Smith died from multiple gunshot wounds. His death was ruled a homicide.

State police Lt. Richard Krawetz, commander of the criminal investigations unit, said interviews are continuing to determine who is responsible for the killing.

We're on it full force, Krawetz said. One interview leads to two interviews and so forth.

Township police discovered the Nissan resting against a light pole at the motel entrance. The vehicle had heavy front end damage, suggesting there was no attempt to stop the car.

Smith was transported by township paramedics to Geisinger Wyoming Valley Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead.

State police inspecting the vehicle found two cell phones, three $20 bills, a rental agreement and a bag containing small bags with white items inside, according to the affidavit.

Two spent shell casings were located on the front passenger floor and a full metal jacket spent round was found on Smith's neck by township police.

No charges have been filed in the killing.

State police did not say who leased the Nissan.

At the time of Smith's death, he was wanted by state police troopers with the Vice and Narcotics Unit on charges he sold crack cocaine in the area of Mundy and Maxwell streets, Wilkes-Barre, on June 13, 2011, according to the criminal complaint.

Edward Lewis, a Times Leader staff writer, may be reached at 829-7196.

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