Details were recently released about the participation of Clay County Sheriff's Department in an ongoing federal joint-investigation that led to the recent indictment of a Terre Haute resident for methamphetamine trafficking.
On Thursday, Brian S. Smith, 37, Terre Haute, recently entered a guilty plea in federal court of Southern District of Indiana on charges of conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine and possession of methamphetamine with intent to distribute.
On January 25, 2007, the United States Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) and the CCSD conducted a controlled purchase of methamphetamine from Smith at the Howard Johnson Hotel near Interstate-70.
When Smith arrived at the hotel's parking lot to complete the drug transaction, law enforcement officers took him into custody. During a search of Smith's vehicle, officers seized 197.9 grams of methamphetamine.
Later that evening, officials located a white Ford Expedition that Smith parked near the intersection of Hulman and South Fourth streets in Terre Haute. During the second vehicle search, officials found an additional 441.7 grams of methamphetamine inside.
According to Assistant U.S. Attorney Bradley A Blackington, who prosecuted the government's case, U.S. District Judge Larry J. McKinney sentenced Smith to 20 years and also imposed five years of supervised release following his release from incarceration.