From The Trussville Tribune staff reports
BIRMINGHAM — A federal jury convicted an Oneonta man of conspiracy to possess with the intent to distribute and distribution of over 500 grams of methamphetamine, announced U.S. Attorney Jay E. Town and Drug Enforcement Administration Assistant Special Agent in Charge Clay Morris.
The jury returned its guilty verdict against Brian Turner, 47, after two days of testimony before U.S. District Judge Annemarie Axon. Turner will be sentenced on Jan. 9, 2020.
Town said his office is dedicated to stopping the influx of dangerous drugs into communities.
“This verdict assured the citizens of the Northern District that yet another peddler of this poison faces a potential life sentence and that he will soon be joined by other drug dealers in a federal prison,” said Town.
According to Town, evidence at trial proved that Turner conspired with others in 2016 and 2017 to distribute methamphetamine and cocaine in Northern Alabama. DEA agents identified Turner after intercepting a phone call between him and his drug supplier in June 2017. Further investigation revealed that Turner received methamphetamine and cocaine from his supplier every few weeks for more than a year and a half, receiving several pounds of the drugs over the life of the conspiracy.
The penalty for possessing with intent to distribute and distribution of over 500 grams of methamphetamine includes imprisonment for not less than 10 years or more than life.
The Drug Enforcement Administration investigated the case. Assistant United States Attorneys Austin Shutt and Blake Milner prosecuted the case.