Pineville police DARE officer Raymond Smith has been arrested and booked with conspiracy to distribute a controlled dangerous substance and malfeasance.

Acting Pineville Police Chief Terral Paul said Thursday that Smith has worked for the department for about nine years and has been a Drug Abuse Resistance Education — or DARE officer — for more than a year.

Paul says Smith was placed on administrative leave with pay pending a civil service investigation immediately after his arrest.

Smith was released from the Rapides Parish Jail on $12,500 bond.