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Department of Justice

U.S. Attorney's Office
Northern District of Alabama

For Immediate Release

Wednesday, January 24, 2018
Jay E. Town
, United States Attorney
Contact: Peggy Sanford

Albertville Man Indicted on Heroin Distribution and Gun Charges

BIRMINGHAM – A federal grand jury today indicted an Albertville man on heroin distribution and gun charges, announced U.S. Attorney Jay E. Town and Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives Special Agent in Charge Steven L. Gerido.


A three-count indictment filed in U.S. District Court charges MICHAEL DILLEN MOORE, 60, with possessing with intent to distribute heroin in Marshall County on April 8, 2016. The indictment also charges Moore with possessing a firearm, a Reck .22-caliber derringer, in furtherance of the drug-trafficking offense, and as a convicted felon in possession of a firearm. According to the indictment, Moore was convicted in Marshall County Circuit Court in 1983 for the felony offenses of third-degree burglary and second-degree forgery.


“Where there are illegal narcotics, there are illegal firearms,” Town said. “There’s no such thing as a non-violent drug dealer, and those who possess either guns or drugs illegally will find themselves in federal court.”


The maximum penalty for possession with intent to distribute heroin is 20 years in prison and a $1 million fine. The prison penalty for possessing a firearm in furtherance of a drug-trafficking offense is a minimum of five years. The maximum prison penalty for being a convicted felon in possession of a gun is 10 years.


ATF investigated the case, which Assistant U.S. Attorney Robert J. Becher Sr. is prosecuting.



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