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May 14-- STANLEY SMITH, 61, of Douglas, Georgia, pled guilty yesterday before Chief U.S. District Court Judge Lisa Godbey Wood for distributing drugs to his customers without a legitimate medical purpose. 

            According to evidence presented during his guilty plea hearing, SMITH owned and operated Malcolm’s Drug Store located in Douglas, Georgia.  A month ago, state and federal investigators received information that Smith had been trading very addictive prescription drugs for sex acts with multiple women since 2010.  Some of women were addicts or became addicted to the drugs SMITH provided.  In one instance, SMITH provided a woman with up to 360 hydrocodone pills a week.  In an effort to hide his criminal activity, SMITH used aliases at various hotels, and would tape drugs and money on the outside of an electric box outside of his pharmacy.  When approached by investigating agents, SMITH admitted he had traded drugs for sex for more than two years. 

            U.S. Attorney Edward Tarver stated, “This defendant used his pharmacy license as a license to deal drugs.  He preyed upon those addicted to drugs and caused others to become addicted, all for his own personal gratification.  This pharmacist will now exchange a white coat for an orange jumpsuit.” 

            SMITH faces up to 10 years in prison and a fine up to $500,000.  There is no parole in the federal system.  SMITH will be sentenced after the U.S. Probation Office completes a presentence investigation.