DRUG TRAFFICKER IN POSSESSION OF APPROXIMATELY A HALF MILLION DOLLARS WORTH OF DRUGS SENTENCED TO 11 YEARS IN PRISON
Posted on 11/2/2016
Defendant: James E. Smith Jr.
Franklin County Prosecutor Ron O’Brien said, “James E. Smith Jr., AKA Bubbie, a large-scale drug trafficker, was sentenced to 11 years in prison today for his role in the distribution of multiple kilograms of Cocaine into the Central Ohio area.” Following a three day trial in October, Smith was convicted by the jury of two counts of Possession of Cocaine and two counts of Trafficking in Cocaine, all felonies of the first degree. O’Brien stated, “On August 12, 2015, Smith signed for and received a package from California which had contained 6 kilograms of cocaine. Law enforcement, having been alerted to this delivery was able to intercept the package and remove all but one kilogram which was delivered to Smith.” After receiving the box, Smith immediately took the parcel, put it into his car and drove away from the residence. “Upon being stopped by law enforcement, the box with one kilogram was recovered along with an additional 6 kilograms in a different box which was in the trunk of Smith’s car,” O’Brien further stated. The total value for the 12 kilograms of Cocaine is approximately $500,000. “We will continue to aggressively prosecute these drug traffickers to get them off our streets,” O’Brien stated.