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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Eastern District of Missouri

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Friday, April 9, 2021

Judges sentences St. Louis man on drug and firearms charges

ST. LOUIS – United States District Judge John A. Ross sentenced Lemartrell Smith to 120 months in prison Friday. The 26-year-old St. Louis, Missouri resident pleaded guilty in December to two counts of being in possession of a controlled substance with intent to distribute, one count of being in possession of a firearm in furtherance of drug trafficking crime and one count being a felon in possession of a firearm.

On or about February 28, 2018, Florissant Police received information Smith was selling drugs in the parking lot of a bowling alley and was armed with a gun. Officers pulled up to Smith’s vehicle to investigate but could not see inside due to the dark window tint. Smith refused to open the car door, so police smashed the window and removed Smith. Officers noticed from the center console, in plain view, a handgun with an extended magazine. Officers also seized 18 grams of fentanyl.  

On or about March 13, 2019 St. Louis County Police learned Smith was selling fentanyl. Using an undercover detective, investigators placed a call to Smith and arranged to buy $60 worth of fentanyl. Smith instructed the undercover detective to meet at a specific location. Smith met the undercover detective, reached into a leather satchel and removed 12 capsules. Smith exchanged the capsules for $60 and drove away.

As officers attempted to stop Smith, he ignored all commands to pull over and started to speed away. Smith continued to evade police even after driving over a spike strip. Smith crossed into an opposite lane of traffic at a high rate of speed and crashed into another vehicle.  The driver of the other vehicle was seriously injured. Officers arrested Smith. Charges related to the crash remain pending in St. Louis County Circuit Court.

Officers seized a satchel and found a loaded Glock pistol with one round inside the chamber. Officers searched Smith’s vehicle and seized $2,870 in U.S. currency, another pistol, the $60 used by the undercover detective, five cell phones and 10.34 grams of fentanyl.    

The St. Louis County Police Department, Florissant Police Department and Federal Bureau of Investigation investigated this case. Assistant United States Attorney Paul D'Agrosa is handling the case.

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Topic(s): 
Firearms Offenses
Violent Crime
Contact: 
Venton Blandin (314) 539-6805 venton.blandin@usdoj.gov
Updated April 12, 2021