From The Tribune staff reports
BIRMINGHAM — A Birmingham man was sentenced to 15 years in prison in connection with his involvement in a 2018 cocaine trafficking conspiracy.
Tanniehill pleaded guilty in February to conspiracy to possess with the intent to distribute more than five kilograms of cocaine, five separate instances of distributing cocaine, and five counts of using a telephone to commit a drug crime.
“Multiple law enforcement agencies worked together with our Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force to disrupt this drug trafficking conspiracy and put Tanniehill in prison,” U.S. Attorney Prim F. Escalona said. “Our efforts to reduce the flow of illegal drugs into our communities depend on the skill and determination of our law enforcement partners, and we are grateful for their excellent work in this case.”
The United States Department of Justice stated that the indictment charged Tanniehill with a cocaine distribution conspiracy that involved over five kilograms of cocaine and spanned from July 2017 to October 2018. During this time, Tanniehill sold cocaine to an FBI confidential source on five distinct occasions.
“I’m proud of the outstanding work by the FBI North Alabama Safe Streets Task Force to remove Tanniehill from the streets and hold him accountable for his actions,” FBI SAC Johnnie Sharp, Jr said.
FBI investigated the case along with the Birmingham Police Department, Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office, and member agencies of the FBI North Alabama Safe Streets Task Force.