United States Attorney Richard W. Moore of the Southern District of Alabama announced that James Jerome Reed, 36, of Eight Mile, Alabama was sentenced in federal court to a term of 160 months imprisonment for his involvement in drug distribution and firearms violations. Reed, having been previously convicted of drug felonies in Mobile County Circuit Court, pled guilty to the charges of being a convicted felon in possession of a firearm, possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine, and using, carrying, or possessing a firearm during or in relation to a drug trafficking felony in September of 2018. United States District Court Judge William H. Steele imposed the sentence following a hearing conducted on May 21, 2019.
The judge ordered that Reed serve 100 months imprisonment on the drug charge and the felon in possession charge, with the sentences running concurrently. As for the remaining gun charge, the judge ordered that Reed serve 60 months imprisonment consecutively as required by the statute, for a total term of 160 months behind bars. When he is released from custody, Reed will serve a total of 5 years on supervised release. He was also ordered to pay $300 in special mandatory assessments, but no fine was imposed.
The case was investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, and the Mobile Police Department. It was prosecuted in the United States Attorney’s Office by Assistant United States Attorney Gloria Bedwell.