Berlin man sentenced to more than 10 years in federal prison on meth distribution charge

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CULLMAN – A Berlin man was sentenced this week to 10 years and 10 months in federal prison for unlawful possession with intent to distribute 5 grams or more of methamphetamine. United States District Judge L. Scott Coogler sentenced Jeffery Lee Cunningham, 47, on Oct. 10, 2017, to 130 months in prison, stemming from his January 2017 arrest in Cullman County.

Further, the judge ruled that upon release from prison, Cunningham will be on supervised release for a term of 120 months, or 10 years.  

Cullman Narcotics Enforcement Team (CNET) and Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) agents arrested Cunningham at his residence on County Road 759 on Jan. 30, 2017, where they recovered 1.5 ounces of meth. Agents discovered the meth in a toilet in the residence before it could be destroyed. Cunningham was charged then with trafficking in methamphetamine.

“As I stated at that time we knew this suspect was a known drug dealer and I am glad we were able to work with DEA to get him off the streets. I am glad that the DEA was able to adopt this case and now this suspect will be in prison for many years,” said Sheriff Matt Gentry.  “Again, I would also like to commend CNET and the DEA on the work they did in assuring this suspect is no longer a menace to our county.”

Under federal truth in sentencing laws, Cunningham will have to serve at least 85 percent of his sentence.

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