PONTCHATOULA MAN, ANTHONY SMITH, SENTENCED FOR DRUG TRAFFICKING
ANTHONY SMITH, age 50, a resident of Pontchatoula, Louisiana, was sentenced today by U. S. District Judge Jane Triche Milazzo to 183 months (15.25 years) imprisonment for his role in a conspiracy involving the trafficking of more than five kilograms of cocaine from the Houston, Texas area, to Bogalusa, Louisiana, announced U. S Attorney Dana J. Boente. In addition to the term of imprisonment, Judge Milazzo imposed 10 years of supervised release following the term of imprisonment. During the 10-year term the defendant will be under federal supervision and risks an additional term of imprisonment should he violate any terms of his supervised release.
On December 12, 2011, SMITH previously entered a guilty plea admitting to the actions he took during the conspiracy. SMITH drove to Texas on several occasions with and on behalf of co-defendant DEREK MOSS for the purposes of obtaining cocaine from LUIS COLON, a source in that area. Agents observed SMITH meet with COLON on one occasion. On a later occasion, agents followed SMITH, MOSS, and TODD MARK back from Texas to the Laplace area. SMITH was stopped as he traveled toward Pontchatoula on Interstate 55. MARK and MOSS were arrested later that day following a car chase through Metairie, which ended on the Mississippi River levee, where MARK and MOSS attempted to discard nearly four kilograms of cocaine.
After sentencing, SMITH was remanded to the custody of the United States Marshal’s Service to begin his term of imprisonment.
This case was investigated by Special Agents of the Drug Enforcement Administration, Louisiana State Police, and Bogalusa Police Department. The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Kevin G. Boitmann.
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