Fort Worth man sentenced to 30 years for intent to distribute drugs
The leader of drug trafficking organization in Fort Worth is going behind bars: according to a release from U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Texas Leigha Simonton, Alonzo Smith was sentenced to 30 years in federal prison after pleading guilty in July.
Smith, 29, was charged in May 2023 via criminal complaint, and pleaded guilty in July to conspiracy to possess of a controlled substance with intent to distribute.
According to court documents, Smith and others – most of them heavily armed 5x2 Hoova Crip gang members from Fort Worth's South Side - were responsible for operating multiple drug houses in the Fort Worth area, which were used to store and distribute large amounts of methamphetamine, cocaine, and heroin.
During a search warrant at one of the residences, law enforcement found
- 800 grams of methamphetamine
- 188 grams of cocaine
- 496 grams of black tar heroin
- 300 grams of fentanyl
In a statement, Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) Dallas Special Agent in Charge Lester R. Hayes, Jr. said that the lengthy sentence fit the crime.
"Violent gangs that flood our neighborhoods with illicit drugs are a true threat to public safety," Hayes said. "The lengthy sentence imposed on this defendant highlights our commitment to disrupting and dismantling these transnational criminal organizations seeking to exploit our communities for financial gain."
Homeland Security Investigations and the Fort Worth Police Department conducted the investigation. Assistant U.S. Attorney Shawn Smith prosecuted the case. Smith was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Mark Pittman.