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Three Men Arrested on Federal Gun and Drug Charges as a Part of DOJ Violent Crime Prevention Initiative

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Middle District of Alabama

           Montgomery, Alabama – Today, the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Alabama, the Montgomery Police Department, the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), announce that three individuals were arrested following federal indictments on gun and drug charges as part of an initiative to combat violent crime.

           Jeremy Rishard Jackson, 28, from Montgomery, was indicted for being a felon in possession of a firearm, possession with intent to distribute marijuana, and possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime. Mahorace Laguaria Jackson, 39, from Montgomery, was indicted for being a felon in possession of a firearm, two counts of possession with intent to distribute cocaine, and possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime. Thomas Jamel Youngblood, 39, from Coosada, was indicted for being a felon in possession of a firearm. Jeremy Jackson and Thomas Youngblood were arrested yesterday. Mahorace Jackson’s arrest occurred today.

           An indictment is merely an allegation that a crime has been committed. All defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.

           Youngblood made an initial appearance in federal court yesterday. Jeremy and Mahorace Jackson are set to make their initial appearances in court today. All three will remain in United States Marshals’ custody pending a detention hearing that will take place early next week.

           If convicted, Jeremy and Mahorace Jackson are facing sentences of five years to life in prison. Thomas Youngblood is facing a maximum sentence of ten years. There is no parole in the federal system.

           These cases are being prosecuted pursuant to the U.S. Department of Justice’s Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN) initiative, a program in which U.S. Attorneys’ offices work in partnership with federal, state, local, and tribal law enforcement to develop effective, locally based strategies to reduce violent crime and make neighborhoods safer for everyone. The Department of Justice reinvigorated PSN as part of its renewed focus on targeting armed violent criminals and gang members.

           United States Attorney Sandra J. Stewart would like to thank the Montgomery Police Department, the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) for investigating these cases, with assistance from the U.S. Marshals Service Gulf Coast Regional Fugitive Task Force and the Alabama Bureau of Pardons and Paroles. Assistant U.S. Attorneys Justin Jones, Joshua Wendell, and B. Chelsea Phillips are prosecuting the cases.

Updated March 11, 2022

Topics
Project Safe Neighborhoods
Drug Trafficking
Violent Crime