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Repeat Offender Arrested While Driving with More than a Pound of Methamphetamine

January 23, 2009

MALCOLM ENLO SMITH, 44, of Kelso, Washington, was sentenced today in U.S. District Court in Tacoma to 99 months in prison and four years of supervised release for trafficking in methamphetamine.

According to records filed in the case, on August 18, 2008, SMITH was stopped by officers of the Kelso Police Department while driving a 1997 Chrysler Sebring in Cowlitz County. A search warrant was obtained to search the vehicle. During a search of the trunk, officers recovered six plastic bags of methamphetamine packaged for distribution. Four of the bags contained quarter pound quantities of methamphetamine, and the remaining bags contained an approximate ounce, and one-half ounce quantity. Between 450 and 500 grams of methamphetamine were recovered, along with $4,100 cash, packaging materials, and a digital scale. SMITH intended to sell and distribute the drugs.

In sentencing SMITH, United States District Judge Ronald B. Leighton found particularly troubling SMITH’s efforts to influence and impede the testimony of a witness against SMITH in a related State court proceeding.

A total of $14,100 cash was forfeited from SMITH in connection with these proceedings: $4,100 cash recovered from his vehicle at the time of his arrest, and $10,000 cash recovered during a search of his residence in Kelso, Washington.

This case was investigated by the Cowlitz Wahkiakum Narcotics Task Force, the Kelso Police Department, and the Longview Police Department.

The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Ronald J. Friedman.

For additional information please contact Emily Langlie, Public Affairs Officer for the United States Attorney’s Office, at (206) 553-4110.

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