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Department of Justice

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

For Immediate Release

Thursday, February 27, 2020
Jay E. Town
, United States Attorney
Contact: Stacy Crane

Last of Four Defendants in Conspiracy Trafficking Methamphetamine Sentenced to 15 Years on Prison

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – A federal judge yesterday imposed a 15-year sentence on the last of four defendants in a North Alabama conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine, announced U.S. Attorney Jay E. Town, DEA Assistant Special Agent in Charge Clay Morris and Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms Special Agent in Charge Marcus Watson.

U.S. District Judge Madeline H. Haikala sentenced, Marcus Leo Kyle to 180 months in prison for his role in a North Alabama drug conspiracy.  Kyle pled guilty in April 2019 to conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute 50 grams or more of methamphetamine between January 2016 and February 2018.  Kyle also pled guilty to possession with the intent to distribute 50 grams or more of methamphetamine in March 2018 and to possessing a Taurus 709 Slim 9mm semi-automatic pistol in furtherance of a drug-trafficking crime and being a felon in possession of a firearm.

“This defendant organized and delivered large amounts of methamphetamine into the Northern District of Alabama and now he will spend the next 15 years in prison,” Town said.  “Thanks to the work by the DEA, ATF and other law enforcement partners, we have dismantled yet another drug conspiracy, closing the pipeline of deadly drugs into our communities and sending four drug traffickers to prison.”

 “Just like so many other drug dealers, Kyle will spend the next 15 years in federal prison,” Morris said.  DEA, ATF and the United States Attorney’s Office is committed to the relentless pursuit of those who destroy our communities and ruin lives.  Highly addictive methamphetamine is flooding into Alabama at historic levels.  We will not stop in our combined efforts to identify, investigate and put drug dealers in federal prison. 

“ATF’s Crime Gun Intelligence partnerships effective in removing the criminal element that endangers our communities,” Watson said.

In January, Judge Haikala sentenced Melvin “Froggy” Rolin, the leader of the North Alabama drug conspiracy to 24 years and 7 months in prison and Barry Williams to 12 ½ years in prison.

In December 2019, Judge Haikala sentenced Britney Michelle Black to 78 months in prison   for possession with the intent to distribute 50 grams or more of methamphetamine in March 2018.  Black pled guilty to the charge last year.

The DEA and ATF investigated the case, along with the Madison County Sheriff’s Office, Morgan County Sheriff’s Office, and Cullman County Sherriff’s Office investigated the case, which Assistant U.S. Attorney Robert J. Becher, Sr. prosecuted.

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