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Dorchester Co. Man Pleads Guilty to Federal Drug Charges

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BALTIMORE- A Cambridge, Md. man has pleaded guilty to federal charges of conspiracy to distribute five kilograms or more of cocaine, possession with intent to distribute cocaine, and to being a felon in possession of a firearm.  

Federal prosecutors said Wednesday that Takii Nikeya Smith, 44, was charged following a 2018 an investigation into the distribution of large quantities of cocaine on the Eastern Shore.

That investigation involved authorities from the Cambridge, Hurlock, Salisbury, and Fruitland police departments, Wicomico and Dorchester County sheriff's offices, Maryland State Police, and the Department of Homeland Security.

According to investigators, the process involved hundreds of hours of physical and electronic surveillance, and numerous controlled purchases of narcotics.

Information gathered through surveillance and the execution of search warrants reportedly suggested that Smith was a large-scale cocaine supplier in the area.

After weeks of surveillance, Smith was stopped by Maryland State Police and members of the Wicomico County Narcotics Task Force as he returned to Maryland from Delaware. 

According to authorities, Smith fled the traffic stop after being told that a police K-9 would be conducting an open-air scan of his vehicle, which led to a vehicle pursuit. 

Smith was ultimately taken into custody when his vehicle got stuck in mud while driving over farmland. 

Investigators said that after receiving citizen complaints about packages found along roadways used during the pursuit, law enforcement recovered two kilogram packages of cocaine. 

According to his guilty plea, Smith admitted that the drugs belonged to him and that he had discarded them during his flight from police.

Search warrants were executed at one of Smith’s properties in Mardela Springs, Md., and at a trailer that Smith had stored at an auto body shop. 

Police reported recovering more than 600 grams of cocaine, a digital scale, cutting agents, and other drug distribution paraphernalia, as well as several rounds of .40-caliber ammunition from in and near the house. 

From the trailer, police recovered three firearms: a 9mm pistol, a .40-caliber pistol, and an AR-15 rifle, along with $347,000 in cash in a vacuum-sealed bag. 

Smith was prohibited from possessing a firearm or ammunition as the result of a previous felony conviction.

Smith and the government agreed that if the court accepts the plea agreement, he will be sentenced to 13 years in federal prison. 

U.S. District Judge George L. Russell, III has scheduled sentencing for March 12.


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