Phenix City man convicted on Federal gun and drug crimes

MONTGOMERY, Ala. — A federal jury convicted 46-year-old Antonio Darset King, Sr. of Phenix City, on federal gun and drug charges.

Evidence at trial established that on February 23, 2014, Russell County Sheriff’s Office investigators executed a search warrant at King’s Phenix City residence. There, they recovered a firearm, more than five grams of cocaine, and approximately $3,000 dollars in cash. Testimony from law enforcement agents established that King intended to distribute the cocaine recovered by investigators. Further, testimony established that King possessed the firearm in question for the purpose of protecting his drug trafficking trade. Because King had previously been convicted of felony offenses, King was prohibited from possessing a firearm by federal law.

In April 2014, a federal grand jury indicted King on one count of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. In October of 2014, that grand jury added one count of possession of cocaine with intent to distribute it and one count of possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug-trafficking offense. At trial, a jury found King guilty of all three counts.

A sentencing hearing for King is yet to be scheduled. King faces 15 years to life imprisonment for being previously convicted of felonies and in possession by a firearm; up to 30 years imprisonment for the drug possession count; and five years to life for the firearm possession in furtherance of a drug trafficking count. The sentence for possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime will be added to any sentence imposed on the drug count. Additionally, King faces a maximum fine of $750,000 on the three counts combined.

“Antonio King is one of Russell County’s most dangerous criminals, ever,” stated Russell County Sheriff Heath Taylor.  “I am thankful to U.S. Attorney Beck, and his Assistant U.S. Attorney Todd Brown for a great job in prosecuting the Antonio King case on our behalf. This firearm and drug case was a result of a search warrant on King’s property, which was directly related to a capital murder case which occurred here in Russell County. King has been arrested and is awaiting trial for that capital murder. I believe that the citizens will rest easier now, knowing that King will be locked up for a long time.”

This case was investigated by the Russell County Sheriff’s Office and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives.

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