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Case Number: 2:22-cr-00178
Judge: R. Austin Huffaker, Jr
Court: United States District Court for the Middle District of Alabama (Montgomery County)
Plaintiff's Attorney: United States Attorney’s Office in Montgomery
Description: Montgomery, Alabama criminal defense lawyer represented Defendant charged with felony possession of a firearm and drugs.
On August 14, 2020, the Montgomery Police Department (MPD) received information that Patrick Maurio Bass, age 43, had a large quantity of illegal drugs in his possession. Later that day, MPD officers observed Bass at a Montgomery gas station, parked in a sport utility vehicle. The officers searched the vehicle. During the search, officers found significant amounts of cocaine and marijuana, along with a handgun. Bass is a convicted felon and was prohibited from possessing a firearm.
On June 6, 2022, a federal grand jury indicted Bass for being a felon in possession of a firearm, possessing a controlled substance with intent to distribute the controlled substance, and possessing a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking offense. Bass pleaded guilty to these charges on December 19, 2022.
MPD and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives investigated this case, with assistance from the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office. Assistant United States Attorney Joshua J. Wendell prosecuted the case.
Outcome: Defendant was sentenced to 240 months in prison.