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St. Louis area man sentenced to 12 years on drug and weapons charges

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 18, 2012

St. Louis, MO - Quantraill Earl Smith was sentenced to 144 months in prison on charges involving the sale of heroin and striking a police officer during his arrest.

According to court documents, on December 26, 2011, three Florissant detectives were engaged in a narcotics distribution investigation at Motel 6 on Dunn Road. The investigation revealed Smith and two other men were engaged in the distribution of heroin. One detective approached Smith, identified himself, informed him of the nature of the investigation and observed a pistol in Smith's waistband area. Smith placed his right hand on the pistol when the detective tried to place him under arrest. During the course of the events, Smith repeatedly struck the detective in the face and shoulder area with his elbows, and attempted to pull the firearm from his waistband. Once his hand was removed from his firearm, Smith forcibly attempted to remove a Detective's pistol from its holster, at which time he was subdued.

QUANTRAILL EARL SMITH, St. Louis County, pled guilty in July to one felony count each of distribution of heroin, possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime and being a felon in possession of a firearm. He appeared today for sentencing before United States District Judge John A. Ross.

This case was investigated by the Florissant Police Department and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms & Explosives. Assistant United States Attorney Michael Reilly handled the case for the U.S. Attorney's Office.

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