Columbia man found guilty of heroin conspiracy

55-year-old Clifford Andrew Lake and two other Columbia men will serve federal sentences for conspiring to distribute heroin in Boone County.

A Columbia man faces up to 20 years in prison and a $1 million fine after being found guilty of conspiring to distribute heroin in Boone County.

According to U.S. Attorney Tammy Dickinson, 55-year-old Clifford Andrew Lake participated in a conspiracy with two other men to distribute the drug from September to October of last year.

The other men, 50-year-old Ravid Donald Smith, Jr., and 27-year-old Lemont Michael Livingston, both of Columbia, pleaded guilty to the crime earlier.

Dickinson said the evidence showed that the three made multiple trips to Chicago to pick up heroin and then worked together to sell it in Boone County. Investigators caught the conspirators by using a cooperating source to make a buy in September, 2013.

Lake could be sentenced to as long as 20 years in federal prison and pay a $1 million fine; Smith and Livingston could face 40 years and pay $5 million fines.