Alabama restaurant owner, husband accused of money laundering

Published 1:22 pm Tuesday, March 17, 2020

A Montgomery restaurant owner and her husband were indicted on federal charges that include money laundering, authorities said.

Mellissa Stacy Ann Smith, the owner of Island Delight Caribbean restaurant, was charged Friday on one count of money laundering, news outlets reported.

Her husband, Richard Herbert Smith, was charged with possession of cocaine with intent to distribute, conspiracy to distribute a controlled substance, possessing a firearm in relation to a drug trafficking crime, and money laundering.
Authorities did not immediately release additional information about the nature of the charges.

Mellissa Smith was released on Friday after her court appearance but her husband remains in U.S. Marshal custody awaiting a detention hearing.

If convicted, she could be sentenced to up to 20 years in prison, while her husband faces a maximum sentence of 25 years.