Meth Ringleader Gets 18 Years
NOV 07 -- (Fairbanks, AK) – DEA Special Agent in Charge (SAC) Arnold R. Moorin and the United States Attorney for the District of Alaska, Nelson P. Cohen, announced that on October 31, 2008, Christopher Neil Smith, a resident of Fairbanks, Alaska, was sentenced to 18 years in prison, after his conviction early this year for conspiracy and possession with intent to distribute in excess of 50 grams of methamphetamine.
According to information presented to the Court, between October 2006 and May 2007, Smith arranged for the shipment of at least 23 parcels of methamphetamine from California to Fairbanks. Smith arranged for the parcels to be addressed either to his now-defunct clothing store and shoe store on College Road or to his associates in Fairbanks under false names. The precise quantity of drugs could be ascertained for only seven of the 23 parcels, but those seven parcels alone contained a total of six pounds of methamphetamine valued at about $250,000. A search of Smith’s residence resulted in the seizure of two handguns that were utilized by Smith’s associates and carried for protection, as well as packaging materials and drug scales, among other items. After his arrest, Smith wrote letters to two of his associates asking them to testify falsely for him at trial; neither did so, although one of Smith’s associates testified at his trial and revealed the details of the drug conspiracy. Two of Smith’s associates, Damien Giles and Nathaniel Terrell both pled guilty to the same charges, and were sentenced--Giles received 12 years imprisonment and Terrell received 10 years imprisonment.
The investigation leading to the successful prosecution of Smith, Giles and Terrell was conducted by the Drug Enforcement Administration.