A Portage County man has been indicted on federal drug charges for allegedly selling crack cocaine in May and November 2012, federal prosecutors in Cleveland recently announced.
A federal grand jury handed up a three-count indictment against Mesawn A. "Butter" Smith, 31, charging him with distribution of crack cocaine and possession with intent to distribute crack cocaine, according to the office of Steven M. Dettelbach, U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Ohio.
Federal authorities said Smith lives in Kent. However, Portage County court records list his last known address as 657 Mill Road in Ravenna.
According to Dettelbach's office, Smith's allegedly distributed less than 28 grams of crack cocaine in northeast Ohio on or about May 15 and May 25, 2012. On Nov. 2, 2012, Smith also allegedly possessed less than 28 grams of cocaine, with the intent to sell it, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office.
Though the announcement did not specify, it is likely the alleged incidents took place in Portage and Summit counties. The charges were brought following an investigation by the Youngstown office of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms and the Akron Police Department. The ATF has had a task force of local officers and agents, including Ravenna police officers, working in Ravenna since early 2010.
A convicted felon, Smith was convicted of receiving stolen property in May 2008 for possessing a stolen flatscreen TV in November 2007. Sentenced to two years probation by Portage County Common Pleas Judge John Enlow, Smith violated his probation and was subsequently sentenced to six months in an Ohio prison.
Smith also has several prior convictions for domestic violence in Portage and Summit counties, according to court records. He was convicted of third-degree felony domestic violence in Summit County Common Pleas Court in June 2011 and sentenced to two years probation.
A Summit County grand jury later indicted Smith on one count each of trafficking in cocaine, a first-degree felony, trafficking in heroin, a fourth-degree felony, and possession of marijuana, a minor misdemeanor, on Nov. 16, 2012, after Smith allegedly possessed between 27 and 100 grams of cocaine, between 10 and 50 unit doses of heroin and less than 100 grams of marijuana in Summit County on Nov. 2, 2012, according to Summit County court records. A trial in that case is scheduled for March 27, records show.
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