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Moultrie drug offender sentenced

MACON, Ga. -- Timothy McNeal, 31, of Moultrie was sentenced Friday to 262 months in a federal prison, according to Court officials.

A release by the U.S. Department of Justice states that after a two-day trial ending March 5, McNeal was convicted of possession with intent to distribute "crack" cocaine, possession with intent to distribute marijuana and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon

According to officials, the McNeal case developed when agents learned through complaints and interviews that McNeal was selling illegal drugs from his residence. A search warrant was executed at the residence revealed quantities of crack cocaine and marijuana, packaged and ready for distribution. In addition to the illegal drugs, a Hi-Point 9mm pistol and ammunition was discovered at the residence.

Hugh Lawson, senior United States District Judge in Macon, ordered McNeal to serve his sentence consecutively to an existing State of Georgia sentence on a separate crime, followed by six years of supervised release.

"The federal sentencing guidelines have special provisions to substantially increase sentences for repeat offenders such as Timothy McNeal," stated U.S. Attorney Michael Moore in the Justice Department release. "As with all federal sentences, this sentence will be served without parole. Being a consecutive sentence, Mr. McNeal will not even begin serving this lengthy federal incarceration until he has served the full remaining time on his current sentence with the State of Georgia. It is extremely unlikely that he will ever again have the opportunity to sell illegal drugs in this community or anywhere else."

According to the release, the McNeal case was investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, the Colquitt County Sheriff's Office and the Colquitt County Drug Enforcement Team. It was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Peter D. Leary and Robert McCullers.