Whitwell Man Gets 10-Year Sentence On Drug Charges

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

A Whitwell man has been sentenced to serve 10 years in federal prison on drug charges.

George Alder Jr. appeared before Judge Sandy Mattice.

Prosecutors identified Alder as the main cook in a meth operation. The house where he was cooking the meth had to be condemned, it was stated.

His attorney, Mike Acuff, said Alder has always been a hard worker, even while he was caught up in the meth conspiracy.

Because a firearm was involved, his mandatory minimum sentence was the 10 years.

In a second case, Robert Commers, 51, was sent away to serve 85 months in federal prison.

His attorney, Anthony Martinez, said, "He realizes he's too old for this." 

Judge Mattice, noting his lengthy arrest record, said, "He's done something like this a lot of times."

Prosecutor Michael Porter said Commers has at least 20 adult convictions, including at least four felonies.

He said in the latest arrest he had a domestic dispute and a SWAT team had to be called out and forcibly enter the residence. He was found naked by law officers. His attorney said he was nude because he was taking a shower when he found that police had been called.

Commers said he has worked as a tool and dye maker for 30 years. He said, "I miss my family and I miss the guys I work with."




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