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April 27, 2012

     United States Attorney Michael J. Moore, Middle District of Georgia, announces that on April 26, 2012, Craig Harrell, age 30, of Albany, Georgia, was sentenced before the Honorable W. Louis Sands, United States District Judge for the Middle District of Georgia.

        On February 23, 2011, Harrell plead guilty to possession of cocaine base or crack cocaine with the intent to distribute, in violation of Title 21 United States Code Sections 841(a)(1) and 841(b)(1)(B)(iii).  In his plea agreement, Harrell admitted that he possessed 716.98 grams of cocaine base or crack cocaine with the intent to distribute.  In May 2009, investigating agents executed search warrants at two locations, his residence where they recovered 647 grams of crack cocaine and an apartment where they recovered approximately 70 grams of crack cocaine.

        Harrell was sentenced to a prison term of 212 months, followed by five (5) years supervised release, and a $100 mandatory assessment fee.

        In imposing the sentence, Judge Sands reminded Harrell that drug-dealing was an activity which he had undertaken voluntarily but that because of it the Court had the duty to impose a
 sentence that took into account the serious nature of the criminal conduct in which he had engaged.

        “Drug dealers, like Mr. Harrell, belong in federal prison, and he will now join the many others that this office has put there as we continue to pursue criminals who corrupt our communities with this poison,” said U.S. Attorney Michael Moore.

       This case was investigated by Agents of the Drug Enforcement Administration and the Albany Dougherty Drug Unit.  The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Leah E. McEwen.

            For additional information please contact Sue McKinney, Public Affairs Specialist, United States Attorney’s Office at (478) 621-2602.

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