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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, November 12, 2020

Convicted Felon Sentenced To Nearly 20 Years In Prison For Distributing Methamphetamine

ALBANY, Ga. – An Albany resident with at least two previous felony convictions was sentenced to 235 months in federal prison for distributing methamphetamine out of his home, announced Charlie Peeler, the U.S. Attorney for the Middle District of Georgia.

Derry Marquez Brooks, 42, of Albany, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Leslie Gardner on Tuesday, November 10 to 235 months in prison to be followed by 5 years of supervised release after pleading guilty to distribution of methamphetamine. There is no parole in the federal system.

On December 13, 2018, a cooperating source (CS) placed a recorded phone call to Brooks to order two ounces of methamphetamine. The CS met with Brooks at the defendant’s home and acquired the methamphetamine. While there, the CS observed numerous firearms, and Brooks quoted a price for the sale of a rifle. The CS later returned to purchase a semi-automatic rifle from Brooks. Brooks has been previously convicted of aggravated assault and possession with intent to distribute cocaine in the Superior Court of Dougherty County, Georgia.

“Selling drugs and illegal firearms is a dangerous business that breeds crime and violence in our communities. We will not tolerate it. We are working closely with our local, state and federal law enforcement partners to crack down on this illicit activity across the Middle District of Georgia,” said U.S. Attorney Charlie Peeler. “I want to thank the many cooperating agencies involved in bringing Brooks to justice and working to make our communities safer.”

The case was investigated by the Lee County Sheriff’s Office, Albany-Dougherty Drug Unit, Georgia Bureau of Investigations (GBI), FBI and Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA). Assistant U.S. Attorney Leah McEwen prosecuted the case for the Government. Questions can be directed to Pamela Lightsey, Public Information Officer, United States Attorney’s Office, at (478) 621-2603 or Melissa Hodges, Public Affairs Director (Contractor), United States Attorney’s Office, at (478) 765-2362.

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Drug Trafficking
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Updated November 13, 2020