Man selling drugs, buying guns linked to convicted shootings

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A Portland, Oregon man who sold counterfeit oxycodone pills with fentanyl and smuggled weapons to gang members has been sentenced to nearly six years in federal prison, authorities said.

Aumontae Wayne Smith, 22, was also sentenced to five years of supervised release on Monday, according to US Attorney Scott Erik Asphaug of the District of Oregon.

Smith and an unnamed accomplice conspired to distribute counterfeit oxycodone pills containing fentanyl in and around Portland, court documents and testimony showed. Police officers investigating the Hoover Gang found that Smith was an active member.

Investigators confiscated six firearms from Smith and his accomplice, and further investigation revealed that Smith had purchased 16 firearms linked to 17 Portland shootings in 2020, Asphaug said.

In April 2021, a federal grand jury in Portland replied to an indictment alleging Smith of conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute fentanyl, possession with intent to distribute fentanyl, and possession of a firearm to promote a drug trafficking crime was charged. On April 16, he turned himself in.

In May, Smith pleaded guilty to possessing fentanyl and owning a firearm to advance a drug trafficking crime.

As part of his plea agreement, Smith agreed to forfeit nearly $ 19,000 in cash, a gun and ammunition seized by law enforcement agencies.


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