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Department of Justice

U.S. Attorney's Office
Northern District of Alabama
For Immediate Release
Prim F. Escalona, United States Attorney
www.justice.gov/usao-ndal
Tuesday, October 25, 2022

Birmingham Man Sentenced on Drug Charge

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – A Birmingham man was sentenced today for possession with the intent to distribute controlled substances, announced U.S. Attorney Prim F. Escalona and Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives Special Agent in Charge Mickey French.

U.S. District Court Judge Madeline H. Haikala sentenced Randy Hasan Abdurrahim, 37, to 121 months in prison followed by five years of supervised release for possession with the intent to distribute controlled substances. Abdurrahim pleaded guilty to the charge in June.

According to the plea agreement, on September 2, 2021, while two Jefferson County Sheriff’s Deputies on patrol were at a Shell gas station on East Lake Boulevard, a Lexus pulled up to the gas pump with the smell of marijuana coming from inside the vehicle. Deputies ran the tag, and it came back as belonging to a Nissan Altima. Abdurrahim, driving the Lexus, left the gas station and deputies attempted to perform a traffic stop, but he refused to stop. Abdurrahim hopped out of the Lexus and fled on foot as the vehicle rolled down the hill. Deputies pursued Abdurrahim on foot for a couple of blocks and took him into custody.

Deputies searched the vehicle and recovered 4 grams of cocaine, 9 grams of fentanyl, 6.16 grams of marijuana, 107 grams of methamphetamine, 2 grams of heroin, and drug paraphernalia.

The case is a part of Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN), the centerpiece of the Department of Justice’s violent crime reduction efforts. PSN is an evidence-based program proven to be effective at reducing violent crime. Through PSN, a broad spectrum of stakeholders work together to identify the most pressing violent crime problems in the community and develop comprehensive solutions to address them. As part of this strategy, PSN focuses enforcement efforts on the most violent offenders and partners with locally based prevention and reentry programs for lasting reductions in crime.

The ATF investigated the case, along with the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office. Assistant U.S. Attorney Darius Greene prosecuted the case.

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