Birmingham man pleads guilty in drug distribution case - WBRC FOX6 News - Birmingham, AL

Birmingham man pleads guilty in drug distribution case

Fentanyl is a highly regulated prescription drug intended to treat trauma and cancer patients in severe pain. (Source: WECT) Fentanyl is a highly regulated prescription drug intended to treat trauma and cancer patients in severe pain. (Source: WECT)
BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) -

A change of heart. A Birmingham man enters a guilty plea in federal court in Birmingham Monday afternoon.  

"This is a great verdict for the northern district of Alabama.” Greg Dimler in the U.S. Attorney’s office of the Northern District said. 

Rodriqus Pearson, 31, pleaded guilty to five counts of drug possession and distribution of fentanyl.

On January 30, 2017, 20-year-old Ashlynn Bailey of Pelham, a former student at the University of Alabama, was found dead after purchasing drugs from Pearson. 

"We have doubled down our efforts at the U.S. Attorney's office in combating heroin, fentanyl and prescription opioids. You are more likely to die from opioid overdose in Jefferson County than murder.” Dimler said.

Dimler, who is Chief of the U.S. Attorney's Office of Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force said Pearson was motivated to change his plea.

"Mr. Pearson had a previous drug charge which could have subjected him to life in prison, so I think he was motivated to enter the guilty plea on that potentiality," Dimler said.

Pearson will be sentenced in July and faces a minimum of 20 years in prison. The federal prosecutor says he has been in contact with the Bailey family and they support the plea deal. Meanwhile the family has started a foundation in Ashlynn’s name to help those addicted to drugs.

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