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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Western District of New York

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Friday, April 3, 2015

Webster Man Pleads Guilty To Distributing

CONTACT:  Karen Brown
PHONE:  (716) 843-5836
FAX:   (716) 551-3051

 ROCHESTER, N.Y.-- U.S. Attorney William J. Hochul, Jr. announced today that Erik Smothers, 36, of Webster, NY, pled guilty to distributing cocaine to various individuals in Rochester, NY, between 2009 and his arrest on November 28, 2014.  Smothers faces a minimum sentence of 5 years and maximum sentence of 40 years imprisonment and a $5,000,000 fine.

 Assistant U.S. Attorney Melissa Marangola, who is prosecuting the cases, stated that Smothers consistently sold ounce levels of cocaine during the five year period.  He will return to court to be sentenced before United States District Court Judge Elizabeth Wolford on October 5, 2015 at 12:00 p.m.

 The plea is the culmination of an investigation on the part of the Drug Enforcement Administration under the direction of Special Agent in Charge James J. Hunt, New York Field Office, with the assistance of the New York State Police under the direction of Major Scott M. Crosier.

Updated April 3, 2015