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Syracuse Man Sentenced to 68 Months for Distributing Fentanyl and Unlawfully Possessing a Firearm

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Northern District of New York

SYRACUSE, NEW YORK – Prince Smith, age 22, of Syracuse, was sentenced today to serve 68 months in prison following his conviction for conspiring to distribute and possess with intent to distribute fentanyl, distributing and possessing with intent to distribute fentanyl, and using and carrying a firearm in furtherance of his drug distribution, announced United States Attorney Carla B. Freedman and John B. DeVito, Special Agent in Charge of the New York Field Division of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF).

As part of his prior guilty plea, Smith admitted that he distributed or intended to distribute approximately 19 grams of fentanyl.  He also drove to a drug sale on February 18, 2021, with fentanyl inside the center console of his car sitting on top of a loaded 9mm handgun.

United States District Judge Glenn T. Suddaby also sentenced Smith to a three-year term of supervised release to begin after he serves his term of imprisonment.

This case was investigated by ATF and the Syracuse Police Department-Criminal Intelligence Section.  The case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Thomas Sutcliffe.

Updated September 13, 2023

Drug Trafficking
Firearms Offenses