A West Alabama man convicted of habitually distributing methamphetamine has been sentenced to 30 years in prison, according to Lamar County District Attorney Andy Hamlin.

Hamlin said the man, 53-year-old Lecil "Ralph" Nails, has been convicted of distributing drugs three times in the past, and when he was arrested again in Sulligent in July 2018, he was allegedly leading a small ring of other distributers and paying them to sell meth as well.

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Hamlin said his assistant district attorneys Jack Nolen and Kaleb Beams successfully prosecuted Nails during a three-day trial this March and he has been awaiting sentencing since then,

On Tuesday, Judge Samuel Junkin sentenced Nails to 30 years in prison Tuesday under the state of Alabama's Habitual Offender Act.

“This is a carefully considered and wholly appropriate sentence that reflects the defendant’s criminal activity over at least a 20-year period,” said 24th Judicial Circuit District Attorney Andy Hamlin. “I’m pleased the jury decided that he should answer to the crime of selling dangerous drugs in the community, and that Judge Junkin agreed.”

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