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Marijuana Dealers Sentenced In Federal Court

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 9, 2012

The United States Attorney Kenyen R. Brown announced today that members of a marijuana distribution organization operating in Foley were sentenced in federal court this afternoon. Court documents reflect that some of those implicated during the investigation were members of the Outlaw Motorcycle Club. The case was brought after a lengthy investigation focusing on the drug distribution operation being run from an auto shop in Foley. Outlaw Motorcycle Club members were seen by surveillance agents, and one of the partners in the drug distribution organization was followed into the Pensacola area. The arrests occurred in May of 2011, and marijuana, guns, cash and vehicles were seized by the Federal Bureau of Investigations. Two of those charged in the case have been previously sentenced after having been convicted by a jury of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute marijuana, weapons charges, and charges involving the use of a cellular telephone to facilitate the drug dealing. The two defendants previously sentenced were Johnny Blake Clanton, 34, and Loverne Bollwage Blackledge, 47, both of Gulf Shores. Clanton was sentenced to 21 months imprisonment, followed by a supervised release term of three years. Blackledge was sentenced to 27 months imprisonment followed by a supervised release term of three years. United States District Court Judge Callie V. S. Granade presided over that trial, and imposed the sentences on Clanton and Blackledge on February 22 and 23, 2012, respectively.

Today, United States District Court Judge Kristi K. Dubose imposed sentences in the cases of several of the remaining defendants. Two defendants are set for sentencing before Judge Dubose on March 30. Francisco Javier Castro, 30, of Foley, was identified in court documents as the supplier for the drugs distributed by other members of the group. Castro, who was illegally in the United States, was ordered to serve 30 months on the conspiracy to distribute marijuana charge. The judge ordered that he would be surrendered to the Department of Homeland Security for deportation following the service of his sentence. Ricardo Hernandez Hernandez, 29, also living in Foley at the time of his arrest, was sentenced to 10 months imprisonment. Hernandez was also ordered to be surrendered to the Department of Homeland Security for deportation, as he too was illegally in the United States.

Theresa Spencer, 55, of Gulf Shores, was placed on home confinement for 180 days, followed by a supervised release term of three years. James Kenneth Spencer, II, of Foley, was sentenced to 21 months imprisonment, followed by a supervised release term of six years. Orlando Munoz, 53, of Gulf Shores, was sentenced to 90 days home confinement, followed by a three year term of supervised release.

The case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Foley Police Department, the Mobile County Sheriff’s Office, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives, Baldwin County Sheriff’s Office, Fairhope Police Department, Alabama Port Authority, Gulf Shores Police Department, Florida Department of Law Enforcement, Escambia County (Florida) Sheriff’s Office, and the Alabama Department of Forensic Sciences. It was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Gloria Bedwell.

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