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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Southern District of Alabama

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Dealer Who Ordered Drugs In The Mail Sentenced In Federal Court

MOBILE, Ala. – Eric Dynell McGadney, 36, of Mobile, was sentenced today in federal court to 188 months imprisonment for his activities in arranging for the delivery of 144 pills of MDMA, commonly known as Ecstasy, to Mobile in the mail. Court documents reflect that the package McGadney ordered was identified at the United States Post Office by postal inspectors as suspicious. The postal inspectors arranged for a controlled delivery of the package, coordinating with members of the MCSENT unit, who assisted with surveillance and back-up during the delivery. McGadney had arranged for another subject to accept delivery of the package in a false name, but was present when the delivery was made. When law enforcement officers detained the subject who accepted delivery and McGadney, both were advised of their rights and agreed to answer questions. The subject who accepted delivery identified McGadney as the person who asked him to sign for the package. He consented to a search of the package, and the investigators found the MDMA concealed inside a bottle of children’s vitamins. McGadney told the investigators that the person who accepted delivery of the package for him was not involved in the drug delivery scheme. McGadney admitted that the bottle contained “Molly,” a street term for MDMA (Ecstasy), and that he was to deliver the drugs to another person in Mobile. McGadney pled guilty to the charges of possession with intent to distribute MDMA and use of an interstate facility, in this case the United States mail, to facilitate the commission of a drug trafficking felony in January of 2013.

At the sentencing hearing this morning, United States District Court Judge William H. Steele found that McGadney was a career offender under the United States Sentencing Guidelines, based upon two prior qualifying felony convictions for escape and possession of marijuana in the first degree. The judge ordered that McGadney serve 188 months imprisonment, to be followed by a six-year term of supervised release following the completion of his prison sentence. Judge Steele ordered that McGadney pay $200 in special mandatory assessments, but did not impose a fine.

The case was investigated by the United States Postal Inspection Service, MCSENT, the and the Mobile Police Department. It was prosecuted in the United States Attorney=s Office by Assistant United States Attorney Gloria Bedwell.

Updated January 26, 2015