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North Carolina Man Sentenced to 240 months for Possessing with Intent to Distribute Cocaine and Illegally Possessing Firearm

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

MOBILE, AL – Preston Buie was sentenced by a federal judge to a total of 240 months incarceration after a January 2024 jury conviction for Possession with Intent to Distribute Cocaine and Illegally Possessing a Firearm. 

According to court documents and evidence presented at trial, in January 2023, a deputy with the Mobile County Sheriff’s Office stopped Preston Buie on Interstate 10 around the Grand Bay exit in Mobile County. Following an alert by a drug detection dog, law enforcement searched Buie’s vehicle and located 12 kilograms of cocaine and a 9mm pistol in Buie’s possession. Buie was previously convicted of several federal offenses including bank robbery and possession with intent to distribute cocaine. 

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

The Department of Homeland Security, Homeland Security Investigations and the Mobile County Sheriff’s Office investigated the case.

Assistant U.S. Attorneys Tandice Blackwood, Kacey Chappelear, and Beth Stepan prosecuted the case on behalf of the United States.

Updated June 7, 2024