U.S. Attorney Leary Joins Local, State and Federal Law Enforcement Leaders to Announce Project Safe Neighborhoods Efforts in 2023
ALBANY: Charles E. Peeler, United States Attorney for the Middle District of Georgia, announces that Kevin Alford, age 41, of Greenville, Georgia, was sentenced to 144 months in Federal prison for Possession with Intent to Distribute Methamphetamine before the U.S. District Court Judge Leslie J. Abrams in Albany, Georgia on September 13, 2018.
According to court records, a cooperating witness whom Mr. Alford had previously given methamphetamine set up a meeting with Mr. Alford at the FairFax Motel in Leesburg, Georgia to take delivery of more methamphetamine. DEA agents contacted Lee County Sheriff’s Office personnel to advise them of Mr. Alford’s anticipated arrival. The Lee County Deputies set up surveillance to await Mr. Alford’s arrival at the motel. Mr. Alford subsequently arrived in a rental vehicle accompanied by Donna Parks. A search of the vehicle uncovered methamphetamine, marijuana, cell phones, and a loaded .38 caliber Smith and Wesson revolver.
Both Mr. Alford and Ms. Parks are convicted felons. After waiving his Miranda rights, Mr. Alford acknowledged his multiple prior felony convictions and provided limited details into his drug distribution operation. Ms. Parks admitted that she was in joint possession of the firearm along with Mr. Alford. Court-authorized analysis of the cell phones seized in the car revealed numerous text messages between Mr. Alford and unknown persons regarding the acquisition and distribution of quantities of drugs. The methamphetamine was submitted for laboratory analysis and found to weigh 330 grams and be 95% pure d-methamphetamine hydrochloride.
On May 31, 2018, Donna Parks, age 37, also of Greenville, Georgia, also entered a guilty plea to Possession of a Firearm by a Convicted Felon. She will be sentenced in December.
“Felons with a gun and methamphetamine pose a significant danger to our community,” said U.S. Attorney Charles E. Peeler. “I commend the Drug Enforcement Administration and the Lee County Sheriff’s Office for their investigation and efforts in this case.”
This case was brought as part of Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN), a program that has been historically successful in bringing together all levels of law enforcement to reduce violent crime and make our neighborhoods safer for everyone. Attorney General Jeff Sessions has made turning the tide of rising violent crime in America a top priority. In October 2017, as part of a series of actions to address this crime trend, Attorney General Sessions announced the reinvigoration of PSN and directed all U.S. Attorney’s Offices to develop a district crime reduction strategy that incorporates the lessons learned since PSN launched in 2001.
This case was investigated by the Drug Enforcement Administration and the Lee County Sheriff’s Office. Assistant United States Attorney Leah E. McEwen prosecuted the case for the United States.
Questions concerning this case should be directed to Pamela Lightsey, Public Information Officer, United States Attorney’s Office, at (478) 621-2603.