He was charged in August 2005 with conspiracy to distribute controlled substances, wire fraud, selling misbranded drugs and money laundering. Federal officials added a count of operating a continuing criminal enterprise in a revised indictment filed in May 2006. In November 2006, Smith was convicted on nine counts by a federal jury in Minneapolis. On August 1, 2007 he was sentenced to 30 years in prison for plotting to have a witness in his case killed. As of August 2008, Smith is housed at the United States Penitentiary, Big Sandy, in Inez, Kentucky.
Smith grew up in the Minneapolis-Saint Paul area, splitting his time between his father's house on Lake Minnetonka and his mother's house in Burnsville. He attended high school at the Academy of Holy Angels and later transferred to a public school in Lakeville, but never completed high school.
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