California Man Indicted for Trafficking Heroin into Jefferson County
BIRMINGHAM – A federal grand jury on Thursday indicted a California man for trafficking heroin into Jefferson County, announced U.S. Attorney Jay E. Town and Drug Enforcement Administration Assistant Special Agent in Charge Bret Hamilton.
A one-count indictment filed in U.S. District Court charges ALEXANDRO PEDRO MONTES, 26, of Compton, Calif., with possessing with intent to distribute 100 grams or more of heroin on Nov. 30.
“Enforcing drug-trafficking laws and attacking the epidemic of opioid abuse in our country is a top priority of the Department of Justice and we continue working with federal, state and local law enforcement to bring the most serious available charges against drug dealers,” Town said.
The charge carries a prison sentence of five to 40 years and a maximum fine of $5 million.
DEA investigated the case, which Assistant U.S. Attorney William G. Simpson is prosecuting.
An indictment carries only charges. A defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.