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Bolivia man gets 18 years for cocaine distribution

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Senior U.S. District Judge Malcolm J. Howard sentenced a Bolivia man Sept. 12 to 18 years in prison for possession with intent to distribute cocaine.

Howard also ordered 43-year-old Davin Lamont Smith to six years of supervised release, according to a U.S. Attorney’s Office news release.

Smith was charged in a six-count superseding indictment March 22, 2017, and pleaded guilty to four counts April 11.

Smith distributed cocaine in and around Bolivia beginning in April 2016.  Between July and September that year, a confidential informant bought cocaine from Smith four times. while other informants reported seeing him possess firearms.

FBI agents searched Smith’s residence, where they found firearms, ammunition and marijuana. Later, Smith told another informant he had additional firearms and previously fired upon law enforcement officers.

Smith previously served 138 months in federal prison after he was convicted of distributing 3.5 grams of cocaine base, possession of a firearm by a felon and using and carrying a firearm in relation to a drug trafficking crime.

North Carolina Department of Correction records show Smith has felony convictions in September 2000 of possession of a schedule II controlled substance in April 2000 in New Hanover County, receiving a six- to eight-month sentence; in May 2000 of possession with intent to sell a schedule II controlled substance in November 1998 in Brunswick County, receiving an 11-month to 14-month sentence; and in October 1996 of larceny in July 1996 in Brunswick County, receiving a 9 to 11-month sentence.

Assistant United States Attorney Erin Blondel prosecuted this case, which also was investigated by the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office.