La Crosse man sentenced in federal drug case

Published On: Apr 09 2013 03:45:15 PM CDT   Updated On: Apr 05 2013 03:51:14 AM CDT
LA CROSSE, Wis. -

A La Crosse man has been sentenced to 12 years in prison for possessing crack cocaine with intent to distribute.

The case goes back to 2011, when law enforcement officers in La Crosse and Vernon Counties used an informant to buy crack cocaine from Allen Smith, 31.

Law enforcement set up a hidden camera in an apartment to secretly record Smith as he conducted his drug trafficking operation. Smith was arrested in September 2011 and pleaded guilty on January 9, 2013.

At the sentencing, U.S. District Judge William Conley noted that Smith had been arrested 43 times and amassed 19 convictions, including three felony drug convictions. The judge also noted that Smith fathered seven children with six women and owed $19,000 in unpaid child support. Smith "had allowed immaturity and impulsiveness to control his life and used different women to support his lifestyle and drug habit," according to a news release from the Wisconsin Department of Justice.

Smith’s arrest and charges came after an investigation by the La Crosse Police Department and the Vernon County Sheriff’s Department.