BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) – A mother of two and certified nursing assistant admitted Wednesday she allowed her boyfriend, a violent felon recently released to parole, to make and sell crack cocaine from her apartment.
Ebony Smith, 35, of Suffolk Street in Buffalo pleaded guilty to two counts of third degree criminal possession of a controlled substance and two counts of criminally using drug paraphernalia. Smith pleaded guilty in the midst of her jury trial on these charges.
Smith and her boyfriend, 29-year-old Raysean Goss, were busted in May 2013 following a visit to their apartment by parole officers and Buffalo Police. Authorities say they found a large plate with crack cocaine, plastic baggies, scales, cooking containers, and other materials inside the home in a bedroom closet and in the kitchen.
Neither Smith or Goss would admitted owning the material and both were indicted two months later. Goss later pleaded guilty as charged, but Smith initially claimed she had no idea he was making and selling crack cocaine from her home and said if she had known, she would not have allowed Goss to live in her home with her and her children.
The Erie County District Attorney’s Office says the presiding judge urged prosecutors to drop the case against Smith, but the DA refused.
During the trial, Smith intended to take the witness stand after the prosecution rested their case. But the DA believes Smith changed her mind after learning she would be asked questions about a recorded phone conversation in which Smith and Goss reminisced about the jewelry and shoes the profits of his narcotic sales were able to buy. Prosecutors say in the conversation, Smith also admitted knowing Goss was a drug dealer before allowing him to move into her home with her young children.
DA Frank Sedita stated, “Despite the claims to the contrary, the Office of the District Attorney aggressively prosecutes criminals each and every day. In this case, Assistant District Attorney Sara Ogden was especially steadfast in her efforts to bring both defendants to justice.”
Smith remains free on bail but faces up to nine years in prison when she is sentenced in September. Goss will be sentenced this month and faces up to 15 years in prison.