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March 8, 2013

Drug distributor ‘Pac Man’ convicted in federal court

MACON — A Moultrie man, known on the street as Pac Man, was found guilty this week in a federal court trial on cocaine, marijuana and firearm charges and could face up to 55 years in prison when he is sentenced in June.

A United States District Court jury in Macon found Timothy Demond McNeal, 41, guilty on Tuesday on three of four counts in the indictment. Guilty verdicts were returned on counts of possession with intent to distribute cocaine base, possession with intent to distribute marijuana and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.

Jurors returned a not-guilty verdict on a count of possession of a firearm in furtherance of drug trafficking.

The maximum sentence on the cocaine charge is a 30-year prison sentence, $2 million fine and at least six years of supervised release. The maximum sentence on the marijuana charge is 10 years in prison, $500,000 fine and at least to four years’ supervised release, and on the weapons charge 15 years’ prison, $250,000 fine and five years’ supervised release.

Sentencing is scheduled for June 3 in Valdosta.

McNeal was arrested on Sept. 29, 2010, after the Colquitt County Drug Enforcement Team searched his 724 10th St. S.E., residence.

The agency said at the time that it seized 10 grams of cocaine and 60 grams of marijuana.

Law enforcement described the residence as a distribution center due to finding the drugs bagged in small quantities, cash, scales and packaging materials.

The home was under surveillance for some time before the 2010 raid.

McNeal had been released from state prison in January of that year after serving four years of a five-year sentence for convictions of aggravated assault on a peace officer and fleeing or attempting to elude an officer.

He had a prior conviction in 2003 on a count of sale or distribution of marijuana for which he served a little less than 10 months in prison.

Local law enforcement turned the case over to the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Macon for prosecution.

Local officials take that route in some cases where offenses are considered particularly serious because the federal prison system has no parole, meaning offenders typically serve longer sentences than would be the case in the state system. Federal inmates generally serve more than 90 percent of the sentence imposed behind bars.

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