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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Northern District of Alabama

Friday, February 24, 2017

Federal Grand Jury Indicts Two Men in Unrelated Cocaine Distribution Cases

BIRMINGHAM – A federal grand jury today returned separate and unrelated indictments against two men for each possessing multiple pounds of cocaine in Greene County, announced Acting U.S. Attorney Robert O. Posey and Drug Enforcement Administration Assistant Special Agent in Charge Bret Hamilton.

A one-count indictment filed in U.S. District Court charges SILVEIIO CANALES-LICONA, 56, of Roosevelt, N.Y., with possessing with intent to distribute five kilograms or more of cocaine in Green County on Dec. 22. A second one-count indictment charges ANDRE RICHARD HARRIS, 54, of Detroit, with the same offense on Nov. 21 in Greene County.

Both men were arrested following traffic stops on Interstate 20/59.

The prison penalty for possession with intent to distribute five kilograms (11 pounds) or more of cocaine is 10 years to life. The maximum fine is $10 million.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Austin Shutt is prosecuting both cases.

An indictment contains only charges. A defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.

Drug Trafficking
Updated February 24, 2017