York City man indicted on drug-trafficking charges

Christopher Dornblaser
  • A York City man has been indicted by a federal grand jury on drug-trafficking charges.
  • The indictment alleges he had 280 grams of crack cocaine from 2015 until his 2016 arrest.

A York City man faces federal charges after he was indicted for drug trafficking, according to a release from the U.S. Department of Justice.

Jeff "Jeef" Smith, 29, is accused of possessing more than 280 grams of crack cocaine from 2015 until his arrest on Oct. 5, 2016, according to the department.

In early October, York City Police arrested him, saying Smith stashed his drugs in his mother's home at 718 W. King St. in the city.

Federal Drug Enforcement Agency agents and members of York City's narcotics unit jointly investigated Smith for 18 months before arresting him outside his mother's home, York City Police Detective First Class Andrew Shaffer said at the time of Smith's arrest.

Armed with a search warrant, authorities raided the house and seized nearly 3 pounds of cocaine valued at more than $100,000, plus tens of thousands of dollars in cash, Shaffer said. About three-quarters of the cocaine was in crack form, he said, while the rest was powder.

"We believe he was bringing multiple pounds of cocaine into York County on a weekly or biweekly basis," Shaffer said. "He was selling to other dealers ... thousands of dollars (worth of cocaine) at a time. He wasn't doing street-level stuff."

Police: York City cocaine dealer kept drugs at mom's house

Smith was charged with delivery of cocaine and remains in York County Prison on $100,000 bail, according to online court records. However, he can't be released even if he posts bail because he's also being held on a state parole violation, according to Shaffer, who said Smith is on state parole until 2028.

Smith's criminal history includes convictions in York County for drug dealing, simple assault, fleeing from police and resisting arrest.

His indictment charges carry a mandatory minimum sentence of 10 years in prison, the release states.

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