Ramer man convicted of federal firearms and drug charges


MONTGOMERY, Ala. (WDHN) — A federal jury convicted a man of 2017 charges which include firearms, possession of marijuana. and attempting to escape from authorities. 

Willis Lyndell Cogburn, 31, was convicted on charges of felon in possession of a firearm, possession of a controlled substance with intent to distribute and possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime. 

The incident happened Saturday, June 8, 2017. Troy Police officers were patrolling the downtown area after responding to a disturbance call. Cogburn vehicle was found on Love Street playing loud music. 

According to police, when they approached Cogburn’s vehicle during the stop, they discovered an open container of alcohol and a marijuana smell. Authorities then asked Cogburn to step out of the vehicle and open the door. 

Once the door was open, Cogburn put the vehicle in reverse and drove down the street backward for about 50 feet when he crashed into another car.

Once Cogburn was removed from the car, authorities discovered “a significant amount of marijuana, digital scales, and a .38 caliber revolver.” Small amounts of cocaine and meth were also discovered.

Cogburn is currently awaiting his sentencing. He faces a minimum of five years and a maximum of life in prison. 

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