Phenix City Man Guilty of Drug Trafficking
Montgomery, Alabama - A federal jury found Shedrick D. Hollis, 40, of Phenix City, guilty of drug trafficking and weapons possession charges, George L. Beck, U.S. Attorney for the Middle District of Alabama announced today.
Testimony at trial established that in late February, 2011, the United States Marshal’s Gulf Coast Regional Fugitive Task Force (GCRFT) received a request from the United States Marshal’s Southeast Regional Fugitive Task Force, Atlanta Division, requesting assistance in locating and arresting Hollis for violations of his parole on Distribution and Trafficking of Cocaine out of Georgia. The GCRFT contacted the Phenix City Police Department to aid in the search for Hollis. Law enforcement developed information that Hollis was in a rented vehicle which was located at an address in Phenix City. On March 1, 2011, the GCRFT went to the residence, saw the car and, while identifying themselves as law enforcement, knocked on the door. Officers saw Hollis through a window and ordered Hollis to open the door. When Hollis did not comply, the front door of the residence was breached and Hollis was taken to the ground when he refused commands to go to the ground. While conducting a protective sweep of the residence to ensure that no dangers to the safety of the officers were in the residence, officers located a shotgun and rifle, both loaded, under the bed in the north bedroom, as well as a plastic bag containing a large amount of marijuana and scales. Hollis was arrested and the Metro Narcotics Task Force was contacted and responded to the scene. After receiving a search warrant from Russell County Circuit Judge Al Johnson, Task Force Officers located a blue children’s backpack, containing a large amount of cocaine powder in a plastic zip lock bag, bags of pills which were later determined to be BZP, a club drug similar to Ecstasy, multiple plastic bags of powder and crack cocaine, and marijuana, scales containing cocaine and marijuana residue, and $5,000 in $100 and $20 denominations, all in addition to the items found in the earlier protective sweep.
Hollis faces life in prison when he faces United States District Judge W. Keith Watkins in approximately three months.
The case was investigated by the Drug Enforcement Administration and the Metro Narcotics Task Force, with assistance from the Russell County Sheriff’s Department and the Phenix City Police Department. The case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Susan R. Redmond and Jared Morris.
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