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Department of Justice

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

For Immediate Release

Friday, October 2, 2015
Kenyen R. Brown
, United States Attorney
Contact: Tommy Loftis

Sentences Imposed in Marion Drug Cases

United States Attorney Kenyen R. Brown of the Southern District of Alabama announced that on September 24, 2015, sentences were imposed in a case involving the distribution of substantial amounts of marijuana, cocaine and crack cocaine in and around Marion, Alabama. The small rural community had been the focus of a three-year federal investigation into drug trafficking, gun violence and money laundering involving numerous state and federal agencies.

At the sentencing hearings, Judge Kristi K. Dubose received stipulations from all the defendants that at least 1,000 kilograms (more than 1 ton) of marijuana was distributed through the conspiracy.

The defendants were Van Tubbs, 49, of Ft. Wayne, Indiana; Skylark Russell, 46, of Centreville, Alabama; Anthony Dewayne White, 39, of Marion; Kelvin Greene, 39, of Marion, Anthony Davis, 39, of Grove Hill, Alabama; and Shanda Tutt, 37, of Marion. All the defendants pled guilty to conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute controlled substances. Russell and Tubbs also pled guilty to conspiring to launder drug proceeds. Judge Dubose imposed the following sentences:

  • Van Tubbs was sentenced to 180 months in prison, to be followed by a five year term of supervised release. He was ordered to pay $200 in special mandatory assessments.
  • Kelvin Greene was sentenced to 60 months in prison, to be followed by a five year term of supervised release. He was ordered to pay $100 in special mandatory assessments.
  • Anthony Davis was sentenced to 54 months in prison, to be followed by a five year term of supervised release. He was ordered to pay $100 in special mandatory assessments.
  • Skylark Russell was sentenced to 36 months in prison, to be followed by a five year term of supervised release. He was ordered to pay $200 in special mandatory assessments.
  • Anthony White was sentenced to 48 months in prison, to be followed by a five year term of supervised release. He was ordered to pay $100 in special mandatory assessments.
  • Shanda Tutt was sentenced to 366 days in prison, to be followed by a five year term of supervised release. She was ordered to pay $100 in special mandatory assessments.

No fines were imposed in any of the cases.

The federal prosecution resulted through the participation of the following agencies: Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, 4th Judicial Circuit Task Force, Alabama Law Enforcement Agency, Alabama Attorney General’s Office, Internal Revenue Service, United States Secret Service, and the United States Department of Agriculture Office of Inspector General. It was prosecuted in the United States Attorney’s Office by Assistant United States Attorney Gloria Bedwell.

A copy of this press release may be found on the website of the United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Alabama at http://www.justice.gov/usao/als/

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