Sentencing Delayed for Drug Dealer Whose Home Was Searched in Gavin Smith Case

John Creech faces up to 10 years in jail for drug case unrelated to disappearance of Fox film executive

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    Gavin Smith (left) and John Creech (right) appear in this photo illustration. Smith's photo provided courtesy the California Department of Motor Vehicles. The courtroom sketch of Creech was drawn by Bill Robles.

    The sentencing of an admitted drug dealer caught up in the investigation of a missing Fox film executive has been delayed again.

    John Creech's new sentencing date is Sept. 25

    Sentence Delayed for Convicted Drug Dealer in Missing Fox Exec Case

    [LA] Sentence Delayed for Convicted Drug Dealer in Missing Fox Exec Case
    A convicted drug dealer, whose West Hills home was raided as part of the investigation into missing Fox executive Gavin Smith, appeared in court on Thursday. John Creech was scheduled to be sentenced, but the judge rescheduled the hearing. Patrick Healy reports from West Hills for the NBC4 News at 5 p.m. on July 26, 2012. (Published Thursday, July 26, 2012)

    The 39-year-old pleaded guilty in a two-year-old drug case and faces up to 10 years in jail.

    The West Hills man was arrested by Glendale Police, who observed Creech make a drug drop in Chatsworth during a 2010 surveillance operation.

    Search Continues for Missing Fox Exec

    [LA] Search Continues for Missing Fox Exec
    Family members of Gavin Smith spent the day Sunday searching for the missing Fox executive in Sylmar, the location where they learned his cellphone last sent a signal. NBC4's Michelle Valles reports for the NBC4 News at 6 p.m. on Sunday, July 8, 2012. (Published Sunday, July 8, 2012)

    On June 8, authorities investigating the disappearance of Gavin Smith executed a search warrant at the house where Creech was living. Creech has not been charged with any crime in connection with Smith.

    Creech has said he's never met Smith. However, his wife Chandrika met Smith in therapy, according to an unnamed source cited by the Los Angeles Times.

    Creech was free on his own recognizance at the time Smith disappeared. 

    The Smith case is still being investigated as a disappearance and at this point has not been determined to be a homicide, according to Los Angeles County sheriff's spokesman Steve Whitmore.

    Smith, 57, was last seen May 1.

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