Jury Finds Aliquippa Man Guilty Of Selling Crack Cocaine While Awaiting Sentencing On Another Federal Drug Law Violation
PITTSBURGH, Pa. - After deliberating for approximately four hours, a federal jury found Carlos Jamal Smith guilty of three counts of violating federal narcotics laws, United States Attorney David J. Hickton announced today.
Carlos Jamal Smith, 35, was tried before United States District Judge David S. Cercone in Pittsburgh.
According to Assistant United States Attorney Ross Lenhardt, the government presented evidence at trial that the defendant was selling crack cocaine in Ambridge, Beaver County, while awaiting sentencing for other federal crack dealing charges. Smith had pleaded guilty to multiple felony crack cocaine charges on Jan. 21, 2011 before Judge Cercone.
Carlos Jamal Smith is the brother of Anthony Tusweet Smith who is also serving prison time for federal drug charges.
Judge Cercone remanded the defendant back to federal prison and ordered that sentencing be held in the future. Federal law requires a sentence consecutive to any other sentence of imprisonment because the defendant committed the new offenses while on release for other federal felony charges. The law provides for a total sentence of 90 years in prison, a fine of $2,500,000 or both. Under the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, the actual sentence imposed is based on the seriousness of the offenses and the criminal history of the defendant.
The Drug Enforcement Agency, the Pennsylvania State Police and the Ambridge Police Department conducted the investigation that led to the prosecution of Smith.
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