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Upstate NY fire official pleads to drug-related charges

April 9, 2019

GOSHEN, N.Y. (AP) — A former city fire official in upstate New York has pleaded guilty to conspiracy and operating as a major drug trafficker.

Former Middletown Fire Department Lt. Paul Smith made the pleas in Orange County Court on Monday.

The Times-Herald Record reports that Smith’s attorney negotiated a sentence of 8 1/3 to 25 years for the conspiracy charge.

Sentencing on the trafficker charge is pending. Smith could face a sentence of 15 years or more for that charge.

Smith admitted in court he knowingly possessed cocaine worth more than $75,000.

Smith, of Port Jervis, and a codefendant had been indicted Friday.

Forty-eight-year-old Smith was charged in early February with being a major drug trafficker as the ringleader of a cocaine-dealing motorcycle club and another operation that sold pills containing fentanyl.