Convicted Felon Sentenced in Federal Court on Drug and Gun Charges
Acting United States Attorney Steve Butler of the Southern District of Alabama announced that Dereke Lamar Collins Carroll, 27, of Daphne, was sentenced today in federal court on charges involving his illegal possession of marijuana and ammunition. The federal indictment alleged that Carroll was previously convicted of two felony drug charges, and that he was found in possession of both crack cocaine and marijuana with the intent to distribute them. Court documents reflect that a Daphne police officer observed Carroll speeding in the Lake Forest subdivision. The officer pursued Carroll , who attempted to elude the officer until he turned into a cul de sac. Carroll jumped out of the car while it was still moving and ran between two houses, climbing two fences to avoid apprehension. He was caught and the police found a pink bag he discarded as he jumped one of the fences. Law enforcement recovered crack cocaine, marijuana, a marijuana grinder, a box of plastic bags used to package drugs, and a handgun magazine located with 10 rounds of 9 mm cartridges. Carroll’s wallet contained his identification and $435 in cash. In March of 2017, Carroll pled guilty to the count charging possession with intent to distribute marijuana and his illegal possession of the ammunition as a convicted felon.
Senior District Court Judge Callie V. S. Granade sentenced Carroll this morning to 130 months imprisonment, consisting of 60 months on the drug count and 70 months on the gun count, and ordered that they be served consecutively. The judge also ordered that Carroll will serve three years on supervised release following his release from imprisonment. She also ordered that Carroll undergo drug abuse treatment while in custody and when he is released on supervision. No fine was imposed, but the judge ordered that Carroll pay the special mandatory assessments of $200.
The case was investigated by the Daphne Police Department and the Federal Bureau of Investigations. It was prosecuted in the United States Attorney’s Office by Assistant United States Attorney Gloria Bedwell.