Dothan man sentenced to 11 years for drug and gun charges

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MONTGOMERY, Ala (WDHN) – A Dothan man’s fate has been sealed after a decision from a federal judge.

Joshua Drake Howard, 36, of Dothan was sentenced to 11 years in prison for federal drug and firearms related charges. Following his prison sentence, Howard will be on supervised release for five years.

In February 2018, Howard was stopped traveling back from Phenix City, Alabama to Dothan. His vehicle was searched and officers found a bag containing crystal meth, a digital scale, small empty plastic bags, a handgun, and ammunition. In his pockets, Howard had crystal meth and another handgun.

A few months later in July 2018, Howard was pulled over for a traffic violation and Dothan police officers discovered a firearm with an obliterated serial number.

In November 2019, Howard pleaded guilty to charges of possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine, possession of a firearm in connection with a drug trafficking crime, and possession of a firearm with an obliterated serial number.

Before announcing his sentence, Judge W. Keith Watkins stated that Howard’s past criminal history was concerning and could not be overlooked.

“Selling drugs and carrying guns is a deadly combination that puts us all in danger,” stated U.S. Attorney Franklin. “Dealers like Joshua Howard use firearms to protect their drugs and money, with no regard for the safety of our neighborhoods, our children, or anyone but themselves. My office will continue to work with all of our law enforcement partners to identify, investigate, and prosecute anyone that endangers our communities with this type of reckless, criminal behavior.”

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