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Kadeem Jamal Albright
Courtesy of Catawba County Sheriff's Office

Ten Year Prison Sentence Imposed Against Hickory Man In Federal Firearms Case

30-year-old Kadeem Jamal Albright of Hickory was sentenced to 120 months in prison followed by three years of supervised release for firearms offenses. The announcement was made Thursday (June 27) by Dena J. King, U.S. Attorney for the Western District of North Carolina.

Chief Reed Baer of the Hickory Police Department was among those joining U.S. Attorney King in making Thursday’s announcement. According to court documents and proceedings, on December 27, 2022, shortly before 11:30 p.m. Hickory Police officers received a call for service for a hit and run incident involving a silver vehicle near Main Avenue in Hickory.

Officers responding to the call found the silver vehicle and determined Albright was the driver. The officers attempted to pull the vehicle over. Albright initially did not comply, but eventually stopped the vehicle. Albright was intoxicated. Over the course of the traffic stop, the officers searched the vehicle and found more than nine ounces marijuana and a loaded .40 caliber pistol underneath the driver’s seat.

Officers also found a bag containing 362 fentanyl pills in the rear passenger area. In addition, they found almost a pound and a half of marijuana and a loaded short-barrel AR-15 semi-automatic rifle with a drum magazine in the trunk. Law enforcement determined that the AR-15 was a privately made firearm, commonly referred to as a “ghost gun.” Albright has prior federal and state criminal felony convictions and he is prohibited from possessing firearms or ammunition.

On December 5, 2023, Albright pleaded guilty to possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime and possession of a firearm by a felon. He was sentenced to 60 months imprisonment on each charge with the sentences to run consecutive to one another, for a total sentence of 120 months imprisonment.

In making Thursday’s announcement, U.S. Attorney King thanked the ATF and HPD for their investigation of the case. Assistant U.S. Attorney Thomas Kent of the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Charlotte prosecuted the case.