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Pensacola Man Gets Thirty-Five Year Sentence For Cocaine Distribution Conspiracy

February 6, 2012

PENSACOLA, FLORIDA – Erick D. Smith, 30, of Pensacola, was sentenced to thirty-five years in prison late Friday afternoon for his conviction on charges relating to a conspiracy to distribute cocaine in Pensacola, announced United States Attorney Pamela C. Marsh, Northern District of Florida.

The federal indictment alleged that Smith and Telly J. Hill were involved in the distribution of large amounts cocaine as well as the possession of firearms in the Lincoln park area of Pensacola. During Smith’s trial last year, the jury received evidence regarding several cocaine transactions involving Smith and other men from Foley, Alabama. The jury also viewed fingerprint evidence and telephone records linking Smith to the transportation of cocaine, as well as hearing testimony regarding the seizure of tens of thousands of dollars, casino records documenting Smith’s habit of gambling his ill gotten gains, and the seizure of several vehicles which he utilized during the course of the conspiracy.

Chief United States District Judge M. Casey Rodgers sentenced Smith based on the facts surrounding the case, Smith’s perjury during the trial, and his prior state felony convictions. In December 2011, co-defendant Hill was sentenced to life plus ten years consecutively, for his role in the conspiracy and a drive-by shooting he committed in furtherance of the drug organization’s operations.

U.S. Attorney Marsh praised the work of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives as well as the Pensacola Police Department and the Escambia County Sheriff’s Office. “The Department of Justice and this office will continue its close partnership with law enforcement to vigorously pursue the strongest sanctions against those who plague our communities with drug and gun violence,” said Marsh. The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney David L. Goldberg.






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