Man Pleads Guilty to Federal Drug Charge
Leoditus A. Smith, 34, of Columbus, Ohio, pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Robert C. Chambers to conspiracy to distribute 50 grams or more of cocaine base in the Huntington area, according to a news release from the U.S. Attorney's Office.
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- Leoditus A. Smith, 34, of Columbus, Ohio, pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Robert C. Chambers to conspiracy to distribute 50 grams or more of cocaine base, according to a news release from the U.S. Attorney's Office.
At his hearing, Smith admitted he conspired with others to distribute crack cocaine in the Huntington area from October 2008 to June 4, 2009.
Smith, who is scheduled to be sentenced on Dec. 14, faces up to
life in prison and a $4 million fine. The Drug Enforcement Administration conducted the investigation.
In an unrelated case, Ralph P. Croff, 33, of Huntington also pleaded guilty before Judge Chambers to distribution of cocaine base.
On Jan. 11, 2008, Croff sold 6.18 grams of crack cocaine in exchange for $425 to a confidential informant working with the West Virginia State
Police. The recorded drug transaction took place at a residence in Huntington.
Croff faces five to 40 years in prison and a $1 million fine when he is sentenced on Dec. 14. The Huntington Drug and Violent Crime Task Force and the Huntington Police Department assisted in
Reporter: WSAZ News Staff
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