Busted! Columbus pimp sentenced to 18 years in prison
Justice Department officials today announced that 30-year-old Carl Smith of Columbus has been sentenced to more than 16 years in prison for facilitating prostitution and associated weapons charges.
In July of 2013, during a traffic stop, a female passenger of Smith’s was found with cocaine base and heroin. It was believed that Smith was involved in the prostitution of women and authorities thought that he had given this woman the drugs to hold for him during the stop. Officials launched an 8-month investigation into his dealings and found that he was prostituting women in Columbus, Pittsburgh and New York City.
In the end, Smith took guilty pleas on charges of transportation in interstate commerce for purposes of prostitution and possession of a firearm by a previously convicted felon.
Law enforcement ranging from Columbus Police to the Department of Homeland Security and other agencies all worked on the case.
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