DEC 20 (COLUMBUS, Ga.) - Michael J. Moore, United States Attorney for the Middle District of Georgia, announces that Larry Eugene Yancey, aka "Ziggy", 42, of an unknown address, was sentenced on Thursday, December 19, 2013, to serve 228 months imprisonment for possession with the intent to distribute methamphetamine and possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime. The sentence was handed down by the Honorable Clay D. Land, United States District Court Judge in Columbus, Georgia.
Mr. Yancey entered a plea of guilty on August 13, 2013. In his plea agreement, the defendant admitted that on April 24, 2012, he was apprehended by the Phenix City, Alabama Police and the Metro Narcotics Task Force with 343.3 grams of crystal methamphetamine and a stolen Smith and Wesson .38 special handgun.
Said United States Attorney Michael J. Moore, "While federal drug crimes carry heavy sentences all by themselves, this is another case in which the possession of a firearm substantially increased this defendant's time in prison."
The case was investigated by the Columbus Police Department, the Metro Narcotics Task Force and the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA). The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Mel Hyde.
Inquiries regarding the case should be directed to Pamela Lightsey, United States Attorney's Office at (478) 621-2603.