Montgomery Man Sentenced Following Federal Gun and Drug Convictions
Montgomery, Alabama – On October 5, 2022, Michael Daniel Ruff, 64, from Montgomery, Alabama, was sentenced to 72 months in prison for possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine and for possessing a firearm in furtherance of the methamphetamine offense, announced United States Attorney Sandra J. Stewart. There is no parole in the federal system.
According to Ruff’s plea agreement and other court documents, on January 26, 2022, an Alabama State Trooper patrolling Elmore County initiated a traffic stop on a vehicle Ruff was driving. During the stop, Ruff agreed to allow the trooper to search the vehicle. The search resulted in the discovery of methamphetamine and a handgun inside the vehicle. Ruff admitted both belonged to him.
On June 3, 2022, Ruff pleaded guilty to the methamphetamine and firearm offenses. During the sentencing hearing, the federal prosecutor noted to the court that law enforcement agents found on Ruff’s phone multiple text messages referring to selling methamphetamine.
This case was investigated by the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency and the FBI, with assistance from the Drug Enforcement Administration. Assistant United States Attorney Joel Feil prosecuted the case.