Sentencing Delayed for Drug Dealer Whose Home Was Searched in Gavin Smith Case | NBC Southern California

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

    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.

    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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