Web's 'drug kingpin' gets 30 years

Friday, 3 August 2007, 12:30 AM EST

A federal judge sentenced internationally known e-mail spammer Christopher William Smith on Wednesday to 30 years in prison for running an illegal Internet pharmacy that sold about $24 million in prescription drugs.

U.S. District Judge Michael Davis called Smith, 27, a "drug kingpin" as he meted out the sentence requested by federal prosecutors. Though Davis expressed some misgivings about the length of the prison term recommended by sentencing guidelines, he said it was nonetheless reasonable.

At The Star Tribune.

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