Man Sentenced to Jail on Drug Charges

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A Federal Judge sentenced a 48-year-old Jacksonville man to eight years in federal prison for attempting to possess with intent to distribute cocaine. He was sentenced on Wednesday.

According to the court documents, Bobby Lee Smith, 48, had applied and received Transportation Worker Identification Credential (TWIC) Card through the Transportation Security Administration (TSA), in 2012. This card allowed him to have unescorted access to various parts of the JaxPort facility in Jacksonville. It also allowed him to escort individuals in JaxPort.

An undercover law enforcement officer met and recorded phone calls with Smith regarding drugs coming through JaxPort, between January and March 2014. While talking to the agent, Smith said that he could get anything in or out of the JaxPort’s Blount Island Terminal.

On March 7, 2014, Smith agreed to meet the agent and then agreed to pick up five kilograms of cocaine and deliver it back to the officer.

Smith took the parcel from the partner of the agent and while going back to deliver the cocaine parcel, he was caught by officers during a traffic stop.

He was arrested and he pleaded guilty on October 31, 2014.

The U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations, U.S. Customs and Border Protection Air/Marine Branch, U.S. Coast Guard Investigative Service, and the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office had investigated the c… MORE

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