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Akron Man Sentenced to More Than 10 Years in Prison for Dog Fighting, Drug Trafficking, and Illegal Possession of Firearms

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

AKRON – Ronald Smith, 39, of Akron, Ohio, was sentenced today to more than 10 years – or 123 months –  in prison by U.S. District Judge John R. Adams after he pleaded guilty to a 22-count indictment charging him with dog fighting, drug trafficking, and illegal possession of a firearm.

In addition to the prison sentence, Judge Adams ordered Smith to pay $233,367.70 in restitution to K2 Solutions, located in North Carolina, for the care and rehabilitation of the impacted dogs.

Smith was charged in May 2022 with 15 counts of possession and training of dogs for the purposes of an animal fighting venture; conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute a controlled substance; distribution of a controlled substance; possession with intent to distribute a controlled substance and felon in possession of a firearm. 

According to court documents, Smith owned and maintained two residential properties in Akron,  one on Fultz Street and the other on Herman Avenue. 

In April and May of 2022, authorities found Smith to be in possession of items used to train and prepare dogs for participation in dog fighting, including two treadmills designed for dogs; a caged rabbit placed in front of a treadmill; performance-enhancing and first-aid-related dog medication; numerous "break sticks" spattered with blood and baring teeth marks and a walled pit spattered with blood at the Fultz Street and Herman Avenue residence.

Authorities recovered eight pit bull-type dogs from the Fultz Street residence and seven pit bull-type dogs from the Herman Avenue residence.

Smith was also found to have illegally possessed three firearms and participated in a conspiracy to distribute and possess oxycodone, fentanyl, and fentanyl analogues.

Smith is prohibited from possessing a firearm due to previous convictions of aggravated assault, burglary, possession of cocaine, trafficking heroin, having weapons under disability, and disrupting public services in the Summit and Medina County Courts of Common Pleas.

This case was investigated by the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA),  U.S. Department of Agriculture Office of Inspector General (USDA OIG), Akron Police Department, and the Summit County Sheriff's Office.  Assistance was provided by the United States Marshals Service (USMS) and the Humane Society of Summit County (HSSC).

This case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Brad J. Beeson and Marc D. Bullard.

Contact

Daniel Ball

Daniel.Ball@usdoj.gov 

Updated December 19, 2022

Topics
Violent Crime
Drug Trafficking
Firearms Offenses