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Why Did Deputies Raid A Drug Dealer's Home In Missing Fox Executive Case?

Photo of Gavin Smith courtesy of the Los Angeles Sheriff's Department
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20th Century Fox executive Gavin Smith was last seen leaving the home of a friend in Oak Park nearly two months ago and hasn't been seen or heard from since. Up until recently Los Angeles County Sheriff's detectives have been treating his disappearance as a missing persons case. So it's not clear why a SWAT team raided a man's home in the West Hills earlier this month. But a few more clues have emerged about John and Chandrika Creech, the couple whose home was raided.

John Creech told the Los Angeles Times that he never met Smith, but he said he wasn't allowed to explain why his home was searched in connection with the case. However, an anonymous source told the Times that Creech's wife Chandrika met Smith through therapy. What her alleged connection might be to his disappearance isn't clear.

A search warrant in the Smith case referencing the address of the Creech home says detectives believed some sort of felony had been committed at the residence. At the time of the raid, investigators left the Creech home with boxes, a computer and a black Audi, but no arrests were made. John Creech's attorney told the Times that deputies raided his house twice this month, and now John Creech is in custody of the sheriff's department.

Creech spoke to Times reporters at the courthouse downtown today just as he was scheduled to be sentenced on a single count of selling and transporting drugs. The judge ordered him to remain in custody without bail until his new sentencing date of July 26.

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The search warrant for Creech's home isn't the only one in the Smith case. Lt. Dave Dolson from the homicide division of the Sheriff’s Department said the warrant was just one of many that have been served in the hunt for Smith.

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