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Kendrick Michael Smith Pleads Guilty in U.S. Federal Cour

Friday, December 11, 2009

Bill Mercer, United States Attorney for the District of Montana, announced today that during a federal court session in Helena on December 11, 2009, before Senior U.S. District Judge Charles C. Lovell, KENDRICK MICHAEL SMITH, a 28-year-old resident of Helena, pled guilty to possession with the intent to distribute oxycontin. Sentencing is set for March 18, 2010. He is currently detained.

In an Offer of Proof filed by Assistant U.S. Attorney Paulette L. Stewart, the government stated it would have proved at trial the following:

On August 29, 2009, a man entered Bergum Drug Store in Helena wearing a black mask and carrying a firearm and a backpack. He demanded morphine and "oxys." The man wore a gray sweatshirt with the hood pulled up. Drug store employees complied, giving the robber morphine, opana (oxymorphone), oxycontin, and oxycodone. More than 4,500 pills valued at over $12,000 were taken.

On August 31, 2009, SMITH'S residence was searched by probation officers with law enforcement assisting. Officers located a ledger with pills and numbers listed that matched the stolen inventory from Bergum Drug Store.

When interviewed, SMITH admitted committing the robbery. SMITH said he burned the BB gun he used during the robbery. SMITH lived one block away from Bergum Drug Store and his driver's license photograph matched the description given by drug store employees. SMITH'S vehicle was also searched and officers located a backpack that contained numerous prescription bottles from the robbery, as well as black and red shoes that SMITH wore during the robbery that were described by the victims. Over 3,200 pills were recovered by the officers.

SMITH faces possible penalties of 30 years in prison, a $2,000,000 fine and 6 years supervised release.

The investigation was conducted by a cooperative effort between the Helena Police Department, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and the United States Probation Office.

A copy of the Offer of Proof can be obtained by contacting Sally Frank at (406) 247-4638.



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