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Salina man pleads guilty to federal gun, drug charge

A Salina man pleaded guilty Monday to a federal gun and drug charge after attorneys worked out an agreement on a sentencing recommendation.

Stephen M. Smith Jr., 45, pleaded guilty to one count of unlawful possession of a firearm in furtherance of drug trafficking, U.S. Attorney Barry Grissom said in a news release.

He acknowledged that he possessed a .40-caliber handgun when he was arrested Sept. 6 at his Salina residence. Police seized methamphetamine and the gun then.

Sentencing is set for June 9. Both sides have agreed to recommend a sentence of five years in federal prison.

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