A 35-year-old Suffolk Street woman who worked as a certified nursing assistant pleaded guilty as charged Wednesday to helping her ex-con boyfriend sell crack cocaine from her apartment. In the midst of her jury trial Ebony Smith pleaded guilty to two felony counts of criminal possession of a controlled substance in the third degree and two counts of criminally using drug paraphernalia. State Supreme Court Justice Christopher J. Burns allowed her to remain free pending her Sept. 3 sentencing.
Smith faces a possible prison term of up to nine years.
On June 26 the judge is scheduled to sentence the Smith’s live-in boyfriend, Raysean Goss, 29, on his felony drug possession and sale pleas. Goss faces a possible 15 year prison term.
Erie County District Attorney Frank A. Sedita III said even after both Goss and Ms. Smith were indicted last July for the crack sales in her flat she maintained that she had no idea Goss was making and selling drugs from her flat. She publicly insisted before trial that if she had known of her boyfriend’s activities she would have evicted him.
Goss moved in with Smith and her two children after his parole last year in connection with a gunpoint Buffalo convenience store robbery in 2005, Sedita said.