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Case Number: 3:21-cr-00106-HZ
Judge: Marco A. Hernandez
Court: United States District Court for the District of Orgeon (Multnomah County)
Plaintiff's Attorney: United States Attorney’s Office
Description: Portland, Oregon criminal defense lawyer represented Defendant charged with conspiracy to traffic drugs.
Aumontae Wayne Smith, 22, was Conspiracy to Distribute and Possess with Intent to Distribute Fentanyl; Possession with Intent to Distribute Fentanyl; Possession of Firearm in Furtherance of a Drug Trafficking Crime; and Possession of Firearm in Furtherance of a Drug Trafficking Crime.
According to court documents and testimony, Smith and an unnamed accomplice conspired with one another to distribute counterfeit oxycodone pills containing fentanyl in and around Portland. Investigators seized six firearms from Smith and his accomplice with the assistance of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF). Further investigation revealed Smith purchased 16 firearms that were linked to 17 different shootings in the Portland area between April and December 2020.
On April 6, 2021, a federal grand jury in Portland returned an indictment charging Smith with conspiring to distribute and possess with intent to distribute fentanyl, possessing with intent to distribute fentanyl, and possessing a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime. On April 16, 2021, he voluntarily surrendered to law enforcement.
On May 18, 2021, Smith pleaded guilty to possessing with intent to distribute fentanyl and possessing a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime.
As part of his plea agreement, Smith agreed to forfeit $18,919 in cash, a .40 caliber pistol, and ammunition seized by law enforcement. He also agreed to abandon interest in five additional firearms, including two semi-automatic rifles, and associated ammunition.
Acting U.S. Attorney Scott Erik Asphaug of the District of Oregon made the announcement.
This case was investigated by the Portland Police Bureau, FBI, ATF, Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office, and Homeland Security Investigations. It was prosecuted by the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Oregon.
This case was brought as part of Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN). In keeping with the Attorney General’s mission to reduce violent crime, the District of Oregon’s PSN program focuses on prosecuting those individuals who most significantly drive violence in our communities, and supports and fosters partnerships between law enforcement, community organizations, and local community leaders to prevent and deter future criminal conduct.
Outcome: Sentencing Hearing before Judge Marco A. Hernandez as to Defendant Aumontae Wayne Smith (USM #40248-509). Defendant waives right to appear in person and consents to appear by video from NORCOR. As stated on the record, the Court expressly finds for specific reasons that the sentencing in this case cannot be further delayed without serious harm to the interests of justice and the Defendant consented to the video teleconferencing after consultation with counsel. Defendant sentenced as to Count 2 and 3 of the Indictment. Counts 1 and 4 are dismissed on the Government's motion. See Formal Judgment. Defendant advised of right to appeal. Counsel Present for Plaintiff: Lewis S. Burkhart. Counsel Present for Defendant: Alison M. Clark. (USPO Present: Jessica Lehman) (Court Reporter Ryan White) (jp) (Entered: 08/09/2021)