News Release
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 9, 2006

Waterbury Man Gets Five Years for Meth Trafficking

June W. Stansbury, Special Agent in Charge of the Drug Enforcement Administration in New England and Kevin J. O’Connor, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, announced that DAVID J. SMITH, age 36, of 350 Bristol Street, Waterbury, Connecticut, was sentenced today by United States District Judge Christopher F. Droney in Hartford to 60 months of imprisonment, followed by three years of supervised release, for conspiring to distribute and possess with intent to distribute 500 grams or more of a mixture containing methamphetamine. SMITH pleaded guilty to the charge on May 20, 2005.

According to documents filed with the Court and statements made in court, on January 13, 2005, the Drug Enforcement Administration’s High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area Task Force executed a search warrant at SMITH’s residence as part of an investigation into methamphetamine trafficking. The search revealed almost two pounds of a substance containing 60 percent pure methamphetamine, additional quantities of methamphetamine, approximately $41,560 in cash, two digital scales used for distribution purposes and a drug ledger. The investigation disclosed that SMITH had been involved in methamphetamine trafficking for a substantial period of time, having obtained significant quantities of the drug from out of state for redistribution in Connecticut.

“Thanks to great work by the DEA’s Task Force, a significant source of meth for area users has been shut down and a substantial amount of the drug was removed from the streets,” U.S. Attorney O’Connor stated. “We will vigorously prosecute meth producers and traffickers in order to stem the distribution of this incredibly destructive drug in and around Connecticut.”

As part of his guilty plea, SMITH has forfeited the cash found in his residence as well as an Audi sedan he had purchased with the profits from his drug trafficking activity.

This matter was investigated by the DEA’s High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area Task Force in Bridgeport, which includes members from several area police departments.