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Brooklyn man gets up to 16 years in prison for Watertown drug sales

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A Brooklyn man was sentenced Friday in Jefferson County Court to up to 16 years in state prison for selling drugs in Watertown.

Keith A. Smith, 35, was found guilty at trial Sept. 6 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.

Judge Kim H. Martusewicz on Friday sentenced Mr. Smith to six years in prison on one of the drug sales and a consecutive six-year term on another drug-related count. He then sentenced Mr. Smith to a consecutive two- to four-term on the perjury count, bringing the total time of the sentence to 12 to 14 years.

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