Montgomery, Alabama – Today, Acting United States Attorney Jonathan S. Ross announced the sentencing of a Millbrook, Alabama man who had previously been convicted of federal gun and drug offenses. On December 7, 2023, a federal judge sentenced 45-year-old Kawasi Wilson to 32 years in prison, followed by 8 years of supervised release.
According to evidence presented at Wilson’s August 2023 trial, law enforcement executed a search warrant at Wilson’s house on August 10, 2022. During the search, agents found over 1,000 grams of cocaine and 2 firearms, along with over $20,000 in cash. Wilson had previously been convicted of felony offenses, including a federal drug trafficking offense, and was prohibited from possessing a firearm. As for the cocaine, when it returned its verdict, the trial jury determined that Wilson possessed the cocaine with the intent distribute.
This case was part of Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN), a program bringing together all levels of law enforcement and the communities they serve to reduce violent crime and make our neighborhoods safer for everyone. The Department of Justice reinvigorated PSN in 2017 as part of the Department’s renewed focus on targeting violent criminals, directing all U.S. Attorney’s Offices to work in partnership with federal, state, local, and tribal law enforcement, and the local community to develop effective, locally based strategies to reduce violent crime.
The DEA, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, and the Elmore County Drug Task Force investigated this case, which Assistant United States Attorneys Justin L. Jones and Joshua J. Wendell prosecuted.