CLACKAMAS COUNTY, OR (KPTV) - A teenager was arrested during a recent drug bust by the Clackamas County Inter-agency Task Force, according to the sheriff's office.

Investigators with the task force checked social media earlier this month for any illegal drug activity. The sheriff's office says the task force has been seeing an increase in dealers freely advertising drugs for sale on social media platforms including Snapchat.

The sheriff's office said investigators posing as potential buyers quickly found someone selling counterfeit M30 pills, which are pressed oxycodone pills laced with potentially lethal amounts of other substances, including fentanyl.


(Courtesy: Clackamas County Sheriff's Office)

Investigators arranged a deal to purchase M30 pills and cocaine from the seller, identified by the sheriff's office as 18-year-old Giovanni Smith, of Portland, at a meeting spot in Clackamas County.

According to the sheriff's office, Smith arrived at the meeting location with four boys between the ages of 16 and 17 in his vehicle. All five were taken into custody without incident.

The cocaine was dumped inside the car by the suspects in an attempt to discard the evidence, the sheriff's office said. In addition to the cocaine, investigators also found over 1,000 counterfeit M30 pills, two loaded guns, ammunition, and spent bullet casings in Smith's vehicle.

Giovanni Smith

Giovanni Smith jail booking photo 

The juveniles were booked into the Donald E. Long Juvenile Detention Center on a mix of charges including unlawful possession of a weapon and warrants for distribution of a controlled substance, possession of controlled substance, burglary and assault. The sheriff's office said the arrests of the juveniles sparked several follow-ups from agencies in Multnomah County due to their involvement in felony crimes in other jurisdictions.

Smith was booked into the Clackamas County Jail on charges of distribution of a controlled substance - cocaine, possession of a controlled substance - cocaine, distribution of a controlled substance - schedule II, possession of a controlled substance - scheduled II, possession of a controlled substance - schedule I, and endangering the welfare of a minor.

The investigation is ongoing. Anyone with information on criminal activity by Smith is asked to contact the sheriff's office tip line at 503-723-4949 or Please reference case number's 21-070128, 21-070129, 21-070130, 21-070131, and 21-070132.

Copyright 2021 KPTV-KPDX Broadcasting Corporation. All rights reserved. 

Recommended for you

(7) comments

Lawlessness Brings Destruction

Yeah, the police are the "problem" if these minors are out with loaded weapons committing drug crimes, assaulting people, and/or getting themselves killed in drawing down on officers. I'd say it's really about bad parenting.


Deport him!


The White devil made him do it. Just ask Eddy Morales from Gresham. Everything is whiteys fault.

Lawlessness Brings Destruction

Would you please expound on that? I was aware that Eddie Morales ran for Gresham Mayor or City Counsel but was not aware of any racial bias on his part.

Worst PDX Mayor Ever

That's awesome, especially since the bust happened in Clackamas, and not Multnomah Co, which means these punks might get real sentences, and real jail time. And like, how stupid do you have to be, to sell or buy drugs on snapchat? Look, we know libs are fools, and they voted to decriminalize possession of drugs, but this ain't "possession." This is "possession with intent to distribute." Plus, now you got the gun charge, with spent casings? Congratulations 18 year old. You just graduated to felony.

Eliza Cassan

Giovanni Smith already had a criminal record, easily found online, felony elude, reckless driving, etc, let out on his own recognizance. Nice to see this young man attempted to better himself

Worst PDX Mayor Ever

Yeah, and thanks to ZERO BAIL / CATCH n RELEASE Multnomah Co, dude is right back out there selling death, and illegally carrying a loaded firearm, with a bunch of juvies in the car. Hopefully the judges in Clack Co will keep this punk locked up for while, and then send him to the big house.

Welcome to the discussion.

Keep it Clean. Please avoid obscene, vulgar, lewd, racist or sexually-oriented language.
Don't Threaten. Threats of harming another person will not be tolerated.
Be Truthful. Don't knowingly lie about anyone or anything.
Be Nice. No racism, sexism or any sort of -ism that is degrading to another person.
Be Proactive. Use the 'Report' link on each comment to let us know of abusive posts.
Share with Us. We'd love to hear eyewitness accounts, the history behind an article.