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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Friday, March 29, 2019

Georgia Man Found Guilty for His Involvement in Methamphetamine Distribution Ring

Montgomery, Alabama – On Thursday, March 28, 2019, Dennis Reinaldo Peralta, 38, of Lawrenceville, Georgia, was found guilty of conspiracy to sell methamphetamine, announced U.S. Attorney Louis V. Franklin, Sr.

According to the evidence presented at trial, Peralta was working in concert with many others to bring drugs to the Southeast, including Alabama. The overall conspiracy was importing large of amounts of methamphetamine from Mexico, and then distributing those drugs out of the Atlanta area. The conspirators would sometimes possess 30 kilograms (66 pounds) or more of methamphetamine at a time to be available for distribution. The jury heard testimony that Peralta himself sold one kilogram (2.2 pounds) of methamphetamine on one occasion as a part of the overall conspiracy.

The investigation also revealed that at least five kilograms (11 pounds) was distributed to one of Peralta’s co-conspirators, Bryant Pouncy, who would then sell it to various drug users in Enterprise and the greater Wiregrass Region with the assistance of others.

During this investigation, at least seven additional co-conspirators were identified and charged. Each of the following have pled guilty and are awaiting sentencing.

  • Bryant Pouncy of Enterprise, Alabama
  • Antonio Pouncy of Enterprise, Alabama
  • Kimberly Pouncy of Enterprise, Alabama
  • Ervin Bradham of Enterprise, Alabama
  • Lynn Donaldson of Enterprise, Alabama
  • Santos Rivera-Fernandez of Atlanta, Georgia
  • Rogelio Israel Pimentel of Rex, Georgia

Each of the defendants, including Peralta, are now facing a minimum sentence of ten years in prison, and a maximum sentence of life. There is no parole in the federal system. All of the defendants are currently in the custody of the United States Marshals Service pending their sentencing hearing, which is expected to occur in the next few months.

U.S. Attorney Franklin would like to thank the following entities for their assistance in investigating this case: the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), the Enterprise Police Department, the Houston County Sherriff’s Office, the Dothan Police Department, the Coffee County Sheriff’s Office, the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency (ALEA), Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), the Coffee County District Attorney’s Office, the Georgia Highway Patrol, the Clayton County (Georgia) Police Department, and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA). This case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorneys Bradley Bodiford and Curtis Ivy.

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Drug Trafficking
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Updated March 29, 2019