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Case Number: 1:21-cr-00079
Judge: Kristi K. Dubose
Court: United States District Court for the Southern District of Alabama (Mobile County)
Plaintiff's Attorney: United States Attorney’s Office in Mobile
Defendant's Attorney: Fred Helmsing
Description: Mobile, Alabama criminal defense lawyer represented Defendant charged with drug trafficking.
Christian Leontine Glover, 34, was a money courier for Southall, a drug distribution organization, operated by Darrin J. Southall. Defendant pled guilty to conspiracy possess with intent to distribute cocaine.
Court documents reflect that Glover used her cell phone to keep up with Southall’s drug debts, and she picked up and delivered drug money to locations necessary for Southall to continue to buy and sell hundreds of kilograms of cocaine. Glover was implicated by some of Southall’s distributors as one of the conspirators who picked up and handled Southall’s drug money. She was also intercepted in numerous discussions with Southall in a court-authorized wiretap on some of Southall’s phones. The recorded calls showed the depth of Glover’s involvement in the scheme. For example, in one phone call between Southall and Glover on January 3, 2021, Southall’s distributors (who were identified in the call by their street names) owed a total of $931,500 for cocaine Southall had distributed to them. In a call later that day, Southall and Coleman discussed additional information on three of the distributors for a total of $147,500. On January 5, 2021, in a similar call, Southall and Glover reviewed the drug debts which totaled $653,000. Debts discussed with Glover in a call on January 8, 2021, totaled $421,000. In a call on January 14, 2021, Southall’s drug debts amounted to $1,209,000. On January 18, 2021, Glover’s total for Southall’s drug list was $843,500. On January 21, 2021, Southall and Glover reviewed a short list of only two distributors for a total of $336,000. Southall was arrested on February 26, 2021. Glover was arrested on March 3, 2021. Because the collection and movement of drug money was an integral part of the cocaine distribution conspiracy, Glover’s participation was important to the success of Southall’s organization.
United States District Court Judge Kristi K. Dubose imposed a sentence of 36 months to be followed by 5 years of supervised release after her release from imprisonment. Glover’s supervision includes a set of standard conditions as well as a special condition that the probation office may search her person or property upon a showing of reasonable suspicion that she is in violation of any of the other conditions of her supervision. No fine was imposed but the judge ordered the forfeiture of numerous items of property seized during the investigation. Glover was ordered to pay $100 in special mandatory assessments.
The Mobile Police Department, the Mobile County Sheriff’s Office, the Department of Homeland Security Investigations, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives in Mobile and Pensacola, the Baldwin County Sheriff’s Office, the Escambia County Sheriff’s Office, the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency, the Saraland Police Department, the St. Tammany Parish, Louisiana, Sheriff’s Office, and the Drug Enforcement Administration investigated the case.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Gloria Bedwell prosecuted the case on behalf of the United States.
The investigation was part of an Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force (OCDETF) operation. OCDETF identifies, disrupts, and dismantles the highest-level drug traffickers, money launderers, gangs and transnational criminal organization that threaten the United States by using a prosecutor-led, intelligence-driven, multi-agency approach that leverages the strengths of federal, state and local law enforcement agencies against criminal networks.
Outcome: Imprisonment 36 months as to Count 2, with recommendations to the BOP (1) residential, comprehensive substance abuse treatment; SRT 5 years, with special conditions (1) substance abuse testing & treatment (2) model search condition. SA $100.00.