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Case Number: 1:20-cr-00154-WS-MU
Judge: William H. Steele
Court: United States District Court for the Southern District of Alabama (Mobile County)
Plaintiff's Attorney: United States District Attorney’s Office
Description: Mobile, Alabama criminal defense lawyer represented Defendant charged with possession with intent to distribute meth.
Tarrence Dramon Tolbert, 40, of Brewton, Alabama, was indicted for his possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine on February 24, 2020. In January of 2021, Tolbert pled guilty to the charge in federal court in Mobile.
According to documents filed in connection with his guilty plea, Tolbert was a corrections officer trainee at Fountain Correctional Facility in Atmore, Alabama, on February 24, 2020, and a supervisor observed that he was stopped on the side of the road at about 8:30 p.m. The supervisor stopped and asked Tolbert if everything was okay, and Tolbert replied that he was waiting on a relative. The supervisor was suspicious about these circumstances, and left instructions to have Tolbert and his belongings searched when he arrived for his shift. Investigators conducted the search as instructed, and discovered methamphetamine ice, marijuana, earbuds, a SIM card, cigars, two bottles of liquor and two knives, which Tolbert intended to smuggle into the prison and deliver to certain inmates.
United States District Court Judge William H. Steele imposed the sentence of 135 months’ imprisonment, to be followed by a five-year term of supervised release when Tolbert is released from custody. No fine was imposed but Tolbert was also ordered to pay a mandatory special assessment of $100.
The case was investigated by the Alabama Department of Corrections, the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency and the Department of Homeland Security Investigations. It was prosecuted in the United States Attorney’s Office by Assistant United States Attorney Gloria Bedwell.
POSSESSION WITH INTENT TO DISTRIBUTE METHAMPHETAMINE
Outcome: Defendant is committed to the BOP for a term of 135 MONTHS; defendant is to receive credit for time served. It is recommended that defendant be allowed to participate in educational and vocational training, drug treatment, and that he be incarcerated as close to is home as possible. SRT FIVE (5) YEARS.