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Brooklyn man found guilty of selling drugs in Watertown


A Brooklyn man faces at least six years in state prison after a Jefferson County Court jury found him guilty Friday of selling drugs in Watertown.

Following three days of testimony, the jury deliberated for an hour before finding Keith A. Smith, 35, guilty of all charges against him. He was convicted of two counts of third-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance, four counts of third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance and one count of first-degree perjury.

Testimony at trial revealed that Mr. Smith had sold heroin to a confidential informant working for the Metro-Jeff Drug Task Force on Sept. 7, 2012, at an Arsenal Street hotel and that he sold the informant crack cocaine in early December at a Huntington Heights apartment. The sales were captured on audiotape, which were played for jurors at trial. The informant testified that she bought three envelopes of heroin for $60 in September 2012 and $50 worth of cocaine in December.

The sales prompted the task force to execute a search warrant at the apartment, where they found Mr. Smith sleeping on a floor, according to trial testimony. The task force found 86 envelopes containing an estimated $2,500 worth of heroin, about $1,500 in cash and a small amount of cocaine.

At a grand jury proceeding into the matter Jan. 31, Mr. Smith had testified under oath that he never sold heroin. With its finding that he had sold the drug to the informant, the jury also determined that he had committed perjury.

Chief Assistant District Attorney Kristyna S. Mills said that Mr. Smith faces a minimum sentence of six years in prison at his Oct. 18 sentencing, although Judge Kim H. Martusewicz could pronounce consecutive sentences on some of the charges because they arose from separate events.

Mr. Smith’s bail was revoked and he was sent to the Metro-Jefferson Public Safety Building to await sentencing.

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