Sharp-eyed cop helps send Alabama felon back to prison on federal gun, drug charges

Published 9:41 am Tuesday, April 25, 2023

A federal judge on Friday sentenced a convicted felon on gun and drug charges, announced U.S. Attorney Prim F. Escalona and Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives Special Agent in Charge Marcus Watson.

U.S. District Court Judge Corey L. Maze sentenced Demarious Dupree Kirksey, 40, Anniston, to 74 months in prison. Kirksey pleaded guilty to possession with intent to distribute 5 grams or more of methamphetamine and being a felon in possession of a firearm in October 2022.

According to the plea agreement, on April 13, 2019, an officer from the Anniston Police Department Street Crimes Unit was patrolling Glen Addie Homes due to recent complaints regarding drug activity.

The officer observed Kirksey pull a clear plastic bag from his front left pocket and begin to make a marijuana cigarette in his lap. When the officer approached Kirksey, he attempted to flee.

The officer grabbed the back of Kirksey’s shirt to stop him from getting away. The officer recovered a stolen Springfield 9mm pistol loaded with 17 rounds of ammunition from Kirksey’s front waistband.

In Kirksey’s pocket, the officer recovered eleven individually wrapped bags containing “crack” cocaine, a plastic bag containing methamphetamine, and a plastic bag containing one acetaminophen pill and one oxycodone pill.

Near where Kirksey had been seated, the officer found a clear plastic baggie containing marijuana.