BIRMINGHAM – A federal grand jury today indicted a Mexican man on drug distribution and weapons charges, announced U.S. Attorney Joyce White Vance and Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives Special Agent in Charge Steven L. Gerido.
A two-count indictment filed in U.S. District Court charges OSCAR ADRIAN CASTILLO, 24, with illegally distributing 50 grams or more of methamphetamine in Jefferson County on Sept. 15. The indictment also charges Castillo with possessing firearms on September 20 while an illegal resident in the United States. Castillo possessed a Remington 12-gauge shotgun and a Smith & Wesson .40-caliber pistol, according to the indictment.
The charge of distributing 50 grams or more of methamphetamine carries a mandatory minimum five-year prison sentence, with a maximum sentence of 40 years in prison and a $5 million fine. The maximum penalty for being in the United States illegally and possessing a firearm is 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.
ATF investigated the case, which Assistant U.S. Attorney John B. Felton is prosecuting.
An indictment contains only charges. A defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.