Russellville, Hodges men sentenced as part of meth distribution case

A federal judge this week sentenced seven people from Jefferson, Walker, Marion and Franklin counties for conspiring to traffic methamphetamine across northwest Alabama, announced acting U.S. Attorney Robert O. Posey and Drug Enforcement Administration assistant special agent in charge Bret Hamilton.

U.S. District Court Judge R. David Proctor Monday sentenced Gregory Keith King, 35, of Hodges for his role in a conspiracy to distribute multiple kilograms of methamphetamine across northwest Alabama between January 2015 and June 2016.  King was sentenced to nine years and nine months in prison. 
Additionally, Proctor sentenced co-defendant Kevin Wayne Blackburn, 44, of Russellville to six years and eight months in prison.
Also sentenced were Gladys Ivette Rodriguez-Valle, 34, of Pinson (nine years); Jeffrey Douglas Dunaway, 29, of Bear Creek (eight years and nine months); Allen M. Morgan, 35, of Jasper (five years and three months); Connie Hallmark Batchelor, 44, of Jasper (eight years and four months); and Evan Andrew Norris, 39, of Jasper (14 years).
        
The remaining defendant in the case, Bruce Alan Roberts, 37, of Pinson, is scheduled for sentencing July 18 in the methamphetamine distribution conspiracy and in an unrelated wire fraud conspiracy that he pleaded guilty to in March.

The DEA investigated the case, which Assistant U.S. Attorney L. James Weil Jr. is prosecuting.

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