Leader of Wiregrass drug trafficking organization sentenced to 30 years

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MONTGOMERY, Ala. (WDHN) — A leader in a Coffee County-based drug trafficking organization will now serve 30 years in prison, according to United States Attorney Louis V. Franklin Sr and FBI Special Agent-in-Charge James Jewell.

Bryant Pouncy, 47, of Enterprise was sentenced Tuesday after being convicted for conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine, distribution of methamphetamine, conspiracy to maintain a drug-involved premises, maintaining a drug “stash house,” and being a felon in possession of a firearm.

The FBI began investigating Pouncy and his drug organization in July 2016 while investigating a separate group in Houston County.

“Through the authorized interception of telephone calls and text messages, controlled purchases of methamphetamine, the use of confidential sources of information, and other investigative means, law enforcement learned that Bryant Pouncy was in a leadership role in the conspiracy, using his co-defendants—some of them family members—to assist in carrying out his drug trafficking business,” a Department of Justice press release states.

Evidence would go on to show that the organization received wholesale methamphetamine that it would sell throughout South Alabama and the Panhandle until January 2018.

It is not known exactly how much meth was involved, but law enforcement said at least 12 kilograms from March to October 2017 could be linked to Pouncy’s organization. Pouncy is believed to have gotten five kilos himself.

Because of his criminal history and his leadership position, Pouncy was given a harsher sentence.

“The sentencing judge determined that Pouncy was responsible for directing the business affairs of the organization, giving orders to co-conspirators, and recruiting members to assist with operations, including his sister,” the release states. “In addition, his sentence was enhanced because of the purity of the methamphetamine that he and his co-defendants were distributing. Lab reports indicate that much of the methamphetamine tested was 97 to 98 per cent pure. This more potent form of methamphetamine is often called “ice” and resulted in a substantial enhancement being applied to his sentence.”

“Methamphetamine continues to be the number one drug threat in Alabama and is often linked to numerous property crimes, violent crimes, and deaths each year,” Franklin said. “Due to its purity, the meth, or “ice,” that was being imported in this case, was even more dangerous and addictive. Make no mistake, this organization was bringing in a deadly drug and spreading it through our communities. The significant sentences handed down by the court illustrate the serious threat that the drugs represent, and they also show what can be accomplished when federal, state and local law enforcement work together.”

Eight other people were sentenced for their role in the trafficking business, with all but Dennis Peralta pleading guilty.

  1. Antonio Tyrell Pouncey, 41, of Enterprise — Sentenced to 210 months and 10 years of supervised release on Jan. 14, 2020, for conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine
  2. Ervin Gene Bradham, 56, of Enterprise — Sentenced to 151 months followed by three years of supervised release on July 24, 2019, for conspiracy to maintain a drug-involved premises and for his active role in running a “stash house” used to sell methamphetamine and marijuana
  3. Santos Rivera-Fernandez, 39, of Atlanta — Sentenced to 116 months in prison followed by five years of supervised release on July 16, 2019, for conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine
  4. Lynn Renfroe Donaldson, 53, of Enterprise — Sentenced to 27 months in prison followed by three years of supervised release on July 11, 2019, for conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine
  5. Rogelio Israel Pimentel, 23, of Rex, Georgia, at the time of arrest — Sentenced to 110 months in prison and deportation on July 10, 2019, to distribute methamphetamine. Once finished with his prison sentence, he will be given to the Bureau of Immigration and Customs Enforcement for deportation proceedings
  6. Kimberly Christina Pouncy, 30, of Enterprise — Sentenced to 30 months in prison and three years of supervised release on July 10, 2019, for conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine;
  7. Dennis Reinaldo Peralta, 39, of Lawrenceville, Georgia — Sentenced to 151 months in prison and five years of supervised release on June 26, 2019, for conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine.
  8. Charles Earl Pouncy, 73, of Enterprise — Sentenced to three years of probation on May 29, 2019, for being a felon in possession of a firearm.

“This case, and its successful result, is a prime example of how the FBI continues to work with its state, local, and federal partners to stop this poison from reaching our streets,” stated FBI Special Agent in Charge James Jewell. “This is proof that all investigative methods will be used to keep our communities safe.”

One other person was charged as well, but it’s not known where they are.

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