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October 21, 2005

Smith violates pre-trial release

Christopher Smith ("Rizler") is back in federal custody after violating the terms of his pre-trial release.

smith signatureSmith had been under house arrest since late August, while awaiting trial over charges in connection with running illegal online pharmacies. As a condition of Smith's release, U.S. District Court Judge Michael J. Davis had assigned Smith to a halfway house in Minneapolis where he was to wear an electronic monitoring device.

Court papers don't go into the specifics of how Smith violated the release, but on September 21 prosecutors asked the court to issue a warrant for Smith's arrest. The following day, Smith was picked up by the U.S. Marshals Service. Following a hearing a week later, Judge Davis revoked the house arrest and ordered Smith remanded into custody of the U.S. Marshal Service until his trial.

Smith may have a long wait ahead of him. This week, the judge set the date of Smith's trial for October 2006.

Meanwhile, prosecutors obtained and executed a search warrant at the offices of Five9, Inc., a VoIP callcenter operation in Pleasanton, CA that apparently provided service to Smith's company, XpressRX.com.

The FBI is also apparently still assembling physical evidence. According to court records, the latest Smith possessions obtained under warrants include "a black TravelPro suitcase; a black computer bag containing a Sony Vaio laptop computer; a red mesh duffle bag appearing to primarily contain scuba gear; a white, carry-on bag; and packages wrapped like gifts."

Posted by brian at October 21, 2005 2:53 PM


As of March 2006, he was just indicted for plotting to kill a witness. The calls were taped.

Posted by: Search Engines Web at March 24, 2006 11:35 PM

Chris needs 2 get agrip & quick! People of his IQ often have problems and coupled with arrogance, money all his life, some VERY significant mental trauma while growing up both at home and at school plus being addicted 2 computers just is too much! Maybe If he'd gone to college @ taken a business law class he wouldn't be in this mess. I've heard about some Cities young adults bragging about 'always' beating him up in school Bet those kids were jealous of his brain. That Hurts A Kid Deeply @ Forever. So he retreated into a computer and sold drugs like other rejected kids-only cyberdrugs. Look 4 The bad in someone and you'll find it. Chris has a heart and soul, he's just so overwhelmed with greed he forgot about that @ now he needs a LOT of help b 4 he hurts someone or himrelf

Posted by: kansell at March 25, 2006 1:38 AM


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