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Tallahassee Woman Convicted Of Armed Drug Trafficking

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Northern District of Florida

TALLAHASSEE, FLORIDA – Mary E. Forehand, 40, of Tallahassee, Florida, has been sentenced to serve
15 years in federal prison for possession with intent to distribute 50 grams or more of
methamphetamine, possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime, and possession
of a firearm and ammunition by a convicted felon. The sentence was announced by Lawrence Keefe,
United States Attorney for the Northern District of Florida.

“Working together, the Leon County Sheriff’s Office and federal agencies removed a serious and
dangerous drug criminal from the streets of the community,” said U.S. Attorney Keefe. “Our agencies
are committed to using our resources to assist local law enforcement however we can to enhance
public safety.”

The charges arose from a joint investigation by the Leon County Sheriff’s Office and the United
States Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, who were investigating methamphetamine
distribution in Northeast Tallahassee. Forehand was a target of the investigation based on prior
information that she had been selling methamphetamine in the area for a considerable length of
time. Law enforcement officers observed several purchases at a residence and obtained a warrant
last November. A search of the residence turned up several ounces of methamphetamine,
drug-trafficking paraphernalia, and two loaded firearms near the front door – a .22-caliber rifle
and a 12-gauge shotgun.

“This sentencing is another example of how strong law enforcement partnerships impacted both
violence and drug trafficking in our continued efforts to protect the public”, said ATF Special
Agent in Charge Daryl McCrary, “Our strong law enforcement partnerships continue to mitigate
nefarious individuals from committing further acts of violence in communities”

Sheriff Walt McNeil said, “It’s partnerships like these that our community needs to help root out
the drug problem in Leon County. Your local, state, and federal law enforcement are going All In to
get those who continue to do harm in our community off the streets.”

Assistant United States Attorney Andrew J. Grogan prosecuted the case, which resulted in a guilty
plea by Forehand. She was sentenced on October 28.

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serve as the nation’s principal litigators under the direction of the Attorney General. To access
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U.S. Attorney's Office
Northern District of Florida

Updated November 7, 2019

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