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Armed Methamphetamine Dealer Sentenced to 15 Years in Federal Prison

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

MOBILE, AL – A Mobile man was sentenced last week to 180 months in prison for conspiring to distribute methamphetamine and possessing firearms in furtherance of drug-trafficking crimes.

According to court documents, Clayton Eugene Brown, Jr., 43, was arrested on multiple occasions in November and December 2021 in possession of large amounts of methamphetamine and firearms. On November 3, 2021, sheriff’s deputies executed a search warrant at Brown’s apartment in Mobile, recovering 14 individually packaged baggies of pure methamphetamine weighing more than 382 grams. Near the drugs, deputies found two loaded pistols, one of which had previously been reported stolen in Moss Point, Mississippi. Brown admitted to deputies that the methamphetamine belonged to him. Two weeks later, on November 16, 2021, deputies executed another search warrant at Brown’s apartment. Brown fled as deputies entered to execute the warrant. Inside Brown’s apartment, deputies found two baggies of methamphetamine containing more than 272 grams of pure methamphetamine.

On December 7, 2021, deputies encountered Brown at a hotel in Mobile. When Brown noticed deputies in the parking lot of the hotel, he fled the area. Inside Brown’s hotel room, deputies found two baggies containing more than 582 grams of methamphetamine that had been cut with a cutting agent. Nearby the drugs, deputies found two loaded pistols and drug paraphernalia. Finally, on December 18, 2021, deputies saw Brown at a gas station in Mobile and arrested him as he attempted to flee. Inside Brown’s SUV, deputies found a loaded pistol and two baggies containing more than 37 grams of pure methamphetamine. Deputies seized and searched Brown’s cell phone, which contained numerous incriminating text messages, pictures, videos, drug ledgers, and other evidence of Brown’s drug-trafficking conspiracy.

In addition to the 180-month prison sentence, United States District Judge Kristi K. DuBose ordered Brown to serve a five-year term of supervised release upon his release from prison, during which time he will undergo drug testing and treatment. The court did not impose a fine, but Judge DuBose ordered Brown to pay $200 in special assessments and forfeited Brown’s firearms to the United States.

U.S. Attorney Sean P. Costello of the Southern District of Alabama made the announcement.

Homeland Security Investigations and the Mobile County Sheriff’s Office investigated the case.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Justin Roller prosecuted the case on behalf of the United States.

Updated January 17, 2024