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Betsy C. Jividen

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April 29, 2010

Pittsburgh Resident Sentenced to 21+ Years
On Heroin Charges in Northern West Virginia

WHEELING, WEST VIRGINIA — A 23 year old Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, resident was sentenced on April 23, 2010, in United States District Court in Wheeling by Judge Frederick P. Stamp, Jr.

United States Attorney Betsy C. Jividen announced that LONNIE ANTHONY SMITH, also known as “TIMMY,” was sentenced to 262 months imprisonment to be followed by five years supervised release. SMITH was convicted in January 2010 on three counts of an Indictment after a bench trial held on August 10, 2009. SMITH was convicted of heroin conspiracy, interstate travel in aid of heroin distribution, and use of a telephone to facilitate the distribution of heroin.

The evidence at trial established that SMITH was a major supplier of heroin in a conspiracy, in which various members (primarily customers from West Virginia) were linked with SMITH in their combined and mutual interest in sustaining the overall heroin trafficking enterprise which catered to the ultimate demands of the heroin drug consumption market in both the Northern District of West Virginia and elsewhere. The time period of the conspiracy was from January of 2002 through February 3, 2009, and involved over a kilogram of heroin.

SMITH is in federal custody.

The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorneys Randolph J. Bernard and John C. Parr. The case was investigated by the Hancock/Brooke/Weirton Drug & Violent Crime Task Force, the Pennsylvania State Police, the Pittsburgh Police Department, the Robinson Township Police Department, and the Jefferson County Drug Task Force.

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