Here are a few of the criminal law stories that have recently occurred around the state of Alabama:
- Over the last two months (March and April 2018), the U.S. Attorney’s Office and ATF joined with local law enforcement in Birmingham, Jefferson County and across north Alabama in an intense effort to bring in violent offenders and take illegal guns off the streets. This past Monday, U.S. Attorney Jay E. Town, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives Special Agent in Charge Marcus Watson, Acting Birmingham Police Chief Henry Irby III and Jefferson County Sheriff Mike Hale announced that the operation has led to the seizure of 140 guns and federal indictments against 71 people. There was a hyper-focus on illegal firearm charges and to find those who are committing gun crimes throughout Birmingham, Jefferson County and the entire northern district and get them off the streets and in prison for the longest amount of time the law allows. The authorities looked to indict the suspects federally if they were in possession of a firearm used in a drug transaction. According to the officers, there were about 800 to 1,000 prior arrests among the 71 indicted with an average of three felony convictions each.
- A work truck stolen in Mobile helped lead the Baldwin County Sheriff’s Office to a “trove of stolen equipment” in Baldwin County last week. The Mobile Police Department had called the Sheriff’s Office on Friday and reported several vehicles had been stolen from a Mobile business and a GPS signal from one of the trucks – a 2013 Chevrolet – that had actually been tracked to a location on Freddie Sellers Road in the Bay Minette area. When they arrived at the scene, authorities also discovered a Kubota excavator, a Caterpillar skid steer loader and a gooseneck trailer. As the deputies were investigating the scene, two men drove up and soon fled, but were soon caught and identified as Freddie Sellers and Greg Holder Jr. aka “Pooh Bear” (who had the key to the stolen Caterpillar in his pocket). Holder was charged with receiving stolen property, and Sellers was charged with possession of a controlled substance, attempt to elude and receiving stolen property.
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