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Indianapolis Man Sentenced to Twelve years in Federal Prison After Trafficking Methamphetamine and Fleeing Police

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Southern District of Indiana

INDIANAPOLIS- Jackie Dale Smith, 47, of Indianapolis, Indiana, has been sentenced to 12 years in federal prison after pleading guilty to distribution of methamphetamine.

According to court documents, on May 19, 2021, Drug Enforcement Administration agents watched Jackie Dale Smith supply 219 grams of methamphetamine to an individual for $2,500 out of his vehicle. Shortly afterwards, Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department officers attempted to conduct a traffic stop on Smith in the area of East Washington Street and Sherman Drive. Smith failed to stop and fled from law enforcement. During the pursuit, officers watched Smith throw approximately 40 grams of pure methamphetamine out of his car window, which was later recovered scattered on the street, the entrance of a gas station, and on the sidewalk.

Ten minutes after the pursuit was called off for safety reasons, agents found Smith’s vehicle parked at a nearby residence. A search of the vehicle found methamphetamine scattered throughout the front and passenger sides, along with a broken plastic baggie that had drug residue in it. Drug lab tests found that the total amount of methamphetamine in the car was approximately 26 grams.

Just fifteen minutes after locating the vehicle, IMPD officers found and arrested Smith.

U.S. Attorney Zachary A. Myers, Michael Gannon, Assistant Special Agent in Charge of the DEA’s Indianapolis Field Office, and Randal Taylor, Chief of IMPD made the announcement.

“Methamphetamine and other controlled substances are killing far too many Hoosiers and have devastating impacts on users, their loved ones, and our communities,” said United States Attorney for the Southern District of Indiana, Zachary A. Myers. “I commend the efforts of the DEA and the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department to make our communities safer by getting meth and meth dealers off our streets.”

The Drug Enforcement Administration investigated this case with valuable assistance provided by IMPD. The sentence was imposed by U.S. District Court Judge Sarah Evans Barker. Judge Barker also ordered that Dale Smith be supervised by the U.S. Probation Office for 6 years following his release from federal prison.

U.S. Attorney Myers thanked Assistant United States Attorney Jayson McGrath, who prosecuted this case.

This case is part of Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN), a program bringing together all levels of law enforcement and the communities they serve to reduce violent crime and gun violence, and to make our neighborhoods safer for everyone. On May 26, 2021, the Department launched a violent crime reduction strategy strengthening PSN based on these core principles: fostering trust and legitimacy in our communities, supporting community-based organizations that help prevent violence from occurring in the first place, setting focused and strategic enforcement priorities, and measuring the results.


Updated May 10, 2023

Project Safe Neighborhoods
Drug Trafficking