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GEORGIA MAN SENTENCED FOR EAST TEXAS DRUG TRAFFICKING

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 04, 2011

BEAUMONT, Texas – A 35-year-old Stone Mountain, Georgia man has been sentenced to federal prison for drug violations in the Eastern District of Texas announced U.S. Attorney John M. Bales today. 

Marvin "Red" Smith, Jr., pleaded guilty on Nov. 4, 2010, to being involved in a conspiracy to distribute marijuana and was sentenced to 100 months in federal prison today by U.S. District Judge Marcia Crone.

                According to information presented in court, between December 2006 and December 2007, Smith conspired with others to ship in excess of 1,000 kilograms of marijuana from Mexico into the southeast Rio Grande Valley area of Texas.  The drugs were then transported through the Eastern District of Texas and distributed in Georgia, Florida, Illinois and Pennsylvania.  Smith admitted to traveling from Atlanta to the Rio Grande Valley on at least two separate occasions to pick up loads of marijuana for transport back to Atlanta.  The marijuana had been stored in bales of hay.  A federal grand jury returned an indictment on July 15, 2009 charging Smith with federal drug trafficking violations. 

This case was investigated by the Immigration and Customs Enforcement/Homeland Security Investigations, the Coast Guard Criminal Investigative Service, the DEA, Orange County Sheriff's Office Drug Interdiction Unit, Texas DPS, Jefferson County Crime Lab, U.S. border Patrol, ATF, and the Allentown, PA Police Department.  This case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Randall L. Fluke.


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