Forrest County man sentenced for meth trafficking

Forrest County man sentenced for meth trafficking
U.S. Attorney Mike Hurst said 40-year-old Samuel Lee Smith, of Hattiesburg, was sentenced Tuesday by U.S. District Judge Keith Starrett on a charge of possession with intent to distribute.

GULFPORT, Miss. (WDAM) - A Forrest County man was sentenced to more than 10 years in federal prison for trafficking methamphetamine.

U.S. Attorney Mike Hurst said 40-year-old Samuel Lee Smith, of Hattiesburg, was sentenced Tuesday by U.S. District Judge Keith Starrett on a charge of possession with intent to distribute.

Agents with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives arrested Smith in 2017 after making undercover purchases of highly pure methamphetamine from him in Hattiesburg.

Prosecutors say in total, Smith sold 135.76 grams of meth to an informant. Smith had three prior felonies and was on state parole the time of the offense.

Smith was also ordered to pay a $5,000 fine.

Smith will serve five years of court supervision following his release from prison.

Copyright 2019 WDAM. All rights reserved.