Alabama man with backpack of meth in trunk will spend 19 years in prison

Published 12:03 pm Tuesday, February 21, 2023

An Alabama man will spend more than 19 years in federal prison after police found a backpack of methamphetamine in the trunk of his car.

A federal judge sentenced a Talladega, Alabama, man on drug charges last week, announced U.S. Attorney Prim F. Escalona and Drug Enforcement Administration Special Agent in Charge Brad L. Byerley.

U.S. District Court Judge Corey Maze sentenced Antoine Marque McClellan, 32, to 232 months in prison. McClellan pleaded guilty to two counts of possession with the intent to distribute methamphetamine in October 2022.

According to the plea agreement, Anniston police officers conducted two traffic stops, within two days, on vehicles occupied by McClellan. On June 11, 2021, Anniston police officers conducted a traffic stop in Heflin, on a vehicle driven by McClellan. Upon searching the vehicle, officers recovered a plastic bag containing marijuana and a clear plastic bag containing methamphetamine. In the trunk of the vehicle, officers recovered a backpack containing three more clear plastic bags containing methamphetamine.

On June 12, 2021, an Anniston police officer conducted a traffic stop in Anniston on a vehicle in which McClellan was a passenger. Officers recovered five individual bags of “ice” methamphetamine from a cardboard box stuffed under the spare tire in the trunk of the vehicle.

In total, officers recovered over six kilograms of pure methamphetamine from McClellan.