Rainier Beach Drug Counselor Arrested for Dealing Oxycodone
DEC 11-- (Seattle) - Robert Henry Smith, 59, and Adrian Demetrius Johnson, 37, both of Seattle, Washington, were indicted December 9, 2009, and were arrested last night for Conspiracy to Distribute Oxycodone. Smith is also charged with three counts of Distribution of Oxycodone, and Johnson is charged with Possession of Oxycodone with Intent to Distribute. Smith is employed as a Drug and Alcohol Intervention Specialist at Rainier Beach High School in the Seattle School District. None of the drug sales referenced in the indictment occurred on Seattle School District Property and none of the drug sales involved students at the school. Both men will make their initial appearances on the indictment at 2:30 today on the 12th Floor of the U.S. District Courthouse at 700 Stewart Street.
The investigation was conducted by the Drug Enforcement Administration and the Seattle Police Department which involved a series of direct drug transactions in November and December 2009. Smith is on paid leave from the Seattle School District. Prosecutors are asking that both men remain in custody pending a detention hearing next week.
National statistics show an increasing level of unlawful drug diversion and abuse of pharmaceutical controlled substances, as well as overdoses of such drugs resulting in rising medical costs. Studies reflect that hospital admissions attributable to prescription drug abuse and overdose have increased 500% over the last 10 years, and are currently costing the United States more than $1 billion dollars in health care costs each year.
The charges contained in the indictment are punishable by up to twenty years in prison and a $2,000,000 fine. The charges contained in the indictment are only allegations. A person is presumed innocent unless and until he or she is proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.