Dothan man sentenced on federal drug, gun charges

Booking photo from Houston County Jail.
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Montgomery (WTVY)-- A Dothan man will served a 140 month prison sentence for federal drug and firearms related charges.

36-year old Joshua Drake Howard pleaded guilty in November 2019 to possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine, possession of a firearm in connection with a drug trafficking crime, and possession of a firearm with an obliterated serial number. A judge sentenced him Wednesday.

According to court records, in February 2018 the FBI and the Dothan Police Department received information that Howard would travel to Phenix City to pick up methamphetamine and then return to Dothan. 

When searching his car, those officers found a handgun, crystal meth, and paraphernalia, said the U.S. Attorneys Office for the Middle District of Alabama.

Officers pulled Howard again a few months and claim they found another gun, this one with an altered serial number.

“Selling drugs and carrying guns is a deadly combination that puts us all in danger,” stated U.S. Attorney Franklin. “Dealers like Joshua Howard use firearms to protect their drugs and money, with no regard for the safety of our neighborhoods, our children, or anyone but themselves. My office will continue to work with all of our law enforcement partners to identify, investigate, and prosecute anyone that endangers our communities with this type of reckless, criminal behavior.”

As part of his sentence Howard will serve five years of supervised release following his release from prison.