Federal jury convicts a Marshall County man for distributing methamphetamine
From The Trussville Tribune staff reports
BIRMINGHAM – A federal jury convicted a Marshall County man Wednesday, Nov.7, for distributing and possessing with the intent to distribute methamphetamine.
The jury returned a guilty verdict against Michael Pedro Andres, 31, after two days of testimony before U.S. District Court Judge Abdul Kallon. A sentencing date has been set for Feb. 19, at 10:30 a.m. in Birmingham, announced U.S. Attorney Jay E. Town and FBI Special Agent in Charge Johnnie Sharp Jr.
The evidence at trial showed that in August 2017, on two separate occasions, Andres unlawfully distributed 36.127 grams of methamphetamine and 49.336 grams of methamphetamine, totaling over a pound of methamphetamine. On August 16, 2017, Andres was arrested for possessing 421.10 grams of methamphetamine with the intent to distribute.
“My office is dedicated to stopping the influx of dangerous drugs like methamphetamine into our communities,” Town said. “The fact that more than a pound of this illegal narcotic is off the streets is significant as are the penalties associated with this criminal activity. This defendant faces a potential life sentence for his role in putting this poison on our streets. So to other drug dealers out there, rest assured, we will pursue you and stop you.”
“Drug trafficking is a dangerous business that ruins lives every day,” Sharp said. “Thanks to the sentence handed down today, north Alabama is safer with Anders off the street and unable to carelessly endanger our communities with the poison he was peddling.”
FBI, along with the DeKalb County Drug Task Force and FBI North Alabama Safe Streets Task Force investigated the case, which Assistant U.S. Attorney Laura Hodge prosecuted.