Alabama man gets lighter sentence for cooperating with feds

While most everyone in Alabama knows that drug charges are incredibly serious, many may not be aware that being hit with federal drug charges is even worse. Three men in Alabama who were accused of trafficking drugs in the state found this out the hard way, when they were hit with strict sentences in federal court recently. 

According to federal prosecutors, a 34-, a 51- and a 24-year-old man all conspired to distribute more than 500 grams each of methamphetamine and cocaine and more than 28 grams of crack cocaine. The three men, along with a fourth, all pleaded guilty to the federal drug crimes

One man was sentenced to almost 11 years in federal prison. He was also charged with being an "illegal alien in possession of a firearm." It's unknown if he will be deported after he is released from prison. 

Another man was sentenced to three years in prison. It's likely that he received a lighter sentence because he had never been convicted of a crime before. His attorney described the man as someone who got swept up in the culture of the money that came from dealing drugs. He also said that he needed the money to "support his family."

The third man was sentenced to two years in prison. His sentence was less because he cooperated with prosecutors and law enforcement. His attorney said that the man was a drug user and was simply spotted at the wrong spot at the wrong time. 

People who run up against the federal government should be aware of the stakes. Sometimes cooperating in exchange for a lighter sentence may be the right path to take.

Source: AL.com, "3 men sentenced to prison in northwest Alabama drug trafficking conspiracy," Kelsey Stein, May 30, 2013

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