Cambridge man pleads guilty to federal drug, gun charges
BALTIMORE, Md. – A Cambridge man pleaded guilty this week to federal charges of conspiracy to distribute five kilograms or more of cocaine, possession with intent to distribute cocaine, and to being a felon in possession of a firearm.
According to 44-year-old Takii Nikeya Smith’s guilty plea, in early 2018, an investigation was conducted into the distribution of large quantities of cocaine on Maryland’s Eastern Shore, involving hundreds of hours of physical and electronic surveillance, and numerous controlled purchases of narcotics.
Through surveillance and the execution of search warrants (one of which allegedly turned up more than a kilogram of cocaine packaged for distribution), it was suggested that Smith was a large-scale cocaine supplier in the area. Maryland State Police and members of the Wicomico County Narcotics Task Force stopped Smith as he returned to Maryland from Delaware, however Smith fled from the traffic stop after being told a police K-9 would be conducting an open-air scan of his vehicle. A vehicle pursuit ensued, however Smith was taken into custody a short time later after his vehicle got stuck in mud from driving over farm land. Later, law enforcement recovered two kilogram packages of cocaine that Smith later admitted to discarding during the pursuit.
Officials then executed search warrants at one of Smith’s properties in Mardela Springs, resulting in the recovery of more than 600 grams of cocaine, a digital scale, cutting agents, and other drug distribution paraphernalia, as well as several rounds of .40 caliber ammunition. Officers then searched a trailer that Smith had stored at an auto body shop, seizing three firearms as well as $347,000 in cash in a vacuum-sealed bag. Smith was prohibited from possessing a firearm or ammunition due to a previous felony conviction.
We’re told that Smith and the government have agreed that if the Court accepts the plea agreement, Smith will be sentenced to 13 years in federal prison. His sentencing is scheduled for March 12.