Federal trial jury determines Joplin resident guilty of illegally possessing firearm

| September 25, 2018
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JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — A Joplin resident was convicted by a federal trial jury Tuesday of illegally possessing a firearm.

According to a news release from the office of the United States Attorney for the Western District of Missouri, Tracy Arlene Smith, 47, was found guilty of one count of being a felon and an unlawful user of cocaine and methamphetamine in possession of a firearm.

According to evidence introduced during the trial, officers executed a search warrant at Smith’s Joplin residence in June of 2017. During the search warrant’s execution, the Ozark Drug Enforcement Team seized Smith’s purse, which contained a loaded .22-caliber pistol, in addition to drug paraphernalia.

Smith, who was on parole at the time of the offense, has five prior felony convictions for forgery, four prior felony convictions for possession of a controlled substance, prior felony convictions for sale of a controlled substance on three occasions, and an additional conviction for assault. Under federal law, it is illegal for anyone unlawfully using controlled substances or who has been convicted of a felony to be in possession of a firearm and ammunition.

Smith will be sentenced to a minimum of 15 years in prison without parole, per federal statutes.

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