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Press Release

Armed Drug Dealer Sentenced In Federal Court

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Southern District of Alabama

United States Attorney Kenyen R. Brown of the Southern District of Alabama announced that Nick Somphonphakdy, 19, of Bayou La Batre, was sentenced today in federal court for his role in a marijuana distribution conspiracy.  Somphonphakdy pled guilty to conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute marijuana and possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking felony in June of 2015.

United States District Court Judge William H. Steele ordered that Somphonphakdy serve a total sentence of 90 months imprisonment, consisting of 30 months on the drug charge consecutive to 60 months on the gun charge.  He also ordered that Somphonphakdy serve a five-year term of supervised release, which will commence when he is released from prison.  As a special condition of his supervision, Somphonphakdy will undergo drug testing and treatment.  Judge Steele ordered that Somphonphakdy pay $200 in special mandatory assessments, but he did not impose a fine.

The case was investigated by the United States Postal Inspectors and the Mobile County Sheriff’s Office.  It was prosecuted in the United States Attorney’s Office by Assistant United States Attorney Gloria Bedwell.

Updated September 25, 2015