Carson City inmate convicted of selling meth in Reno-Sparks

RENO, Nev. (KOLO)– A Reno man serving time in prison has been convicted of trafficking in methamphetamine, the U.S. Attorneys Office said Thursday.

The U.S. District Court jury found Edward Smitty Smith, 53, guilty of conspiracy to possess and distribute at least 50 grams of methamphetamine, illegal use of a communication facility, money laundering, distribution of at least 50 grams of methamphetamine, and distribution of at least five grams of methamphetamine. There are 28 grams to an ounce.

Smith was an inmate at the Northern Nevada Correctional Center, where he arranged for his daughter's ex-boyfriend, whom he called his "nephew," to sell methamphetamine to another inmate's associate in Reno. Recorded prison calls from June 2015 to July 2015 revealed Smith told his nephew about how to conduct the drug transactions with the associate and told him to send him a "whole one," referring to an ounce of meth.

Smith had his daughters ex-boyfriend sell meth to another inmates associate in Reno. The transaction was recorded in prison telephone calls from June 1, 2015, to July 24, 2015. The last sale involved a pound of meth for $7,000.

A Reno resident is convicted in connection to a drug trafficking conspiracy in the Reno and Sparks area, on Thursday, November 8.

The "nephew" distributed meth to the associate in Sparks, with the last sale involving a $1,500 wire transfer in another person's name in order to facilitate the deal.

According to the Department of Justice, a jury convicted 53-year-old Edward Smith, of conspiracy to possess and distribute at least 50 grams of methamphetamine, illegal use of a communication facility, money laundering, distribution of at least 50 grams of methamphetamine, and distribution of at least five grams of methamphetamine.

Smith's sentencing hearing is scheduled for February 6, 2019. He faces a minimum of ten years in prison and a maximum of life in prison.

At trial it revealed, Smith, who is an inmate at the Northern Nevada Correctional Center, arranged for his daughters ex-boyfriend, whom he referred to as his nephew, to sell methamphetamine to another inmates associate in the Reno community at a premium price through recorded prison calls. His nephew distributed methamphetamine to the associate in Sparks, Nevada, with the last sale involving a pound of methamphetamine for $7,000.

The case also shows that Smith discussed how to get methamphetamine to him in the prison and arranged a $1,500 wire transfer in another persons name in order to facilitate that deal.

United States District Judge Howard D. McKibben scheduled a sentencing for Smith on February 6, 2019.


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