from Madison Circuit Court (CC-17-2482)
W. Smith, Huntsville, for appellant.
Marshall, atty. gen., and Kristi O. Wilkerson, asst. atty.
gen., for appellee.
Ann Wilson appeals her guilty-plea conviction for trafficking
in a controlled substance— methamphetamine,
see § 13A-12-231, Ala. Code 1975. She was
sentenced to 20 years' imprisonment and was also ordered
to pay a $50,000 fine, a $2,000 fine under the Drug Demand
Reduction Assessment Act, a $100 fee to the Alabama
Department of Forensic Sciences, a $100 crime victims
compensation assessment, and various court costs and attorney
fees. This appeal followed.
and Procedural History
record indicates that, on April 3, 2016, the Madison-Morgan
County Drug Task Force STAC Team received information through
a confidential informant that a woman, identified as Wilson,
was preparing to deliver a large amount of methamphetamine to
Whiplash Customs in Huntsville. The informant was able to
show agents a picture of Wilson and told them that she would
be driving a gray Infiniti automobile with a Georgia license
agents surveilled a business known as Whiplash Customs
property for approximately three hours before they noticed a
vehicle approach the property that matched the description
given to them by their informant. After the vehicle parked,
agents observed Wilson exit the driver's side of the
vehicle with a purse on her shoulder. Wilson then walked to
the back of her vehicle, knelt down, and tossed a black case
underneath her vehicle.
agents then moved in and detained Wilson. When one agent
reached under Wilson's vehicle, he found the black case.
Wilson denied that the case belonged to her. When
law-enforcement officers opened the case, they found a yellow
bag inside of which was a duct-taped package. Inside the
package were three large bags containing a pink ice-like
substance that was determined to be methamphetamine. An
analysis of the methamphetamine revealed that it weighed 172
grams or 6 ounces. They also found in Wilson's vehicle
two cellular telephones and a notebook containing a ledger.
law-enforcement officers read Wilson her
Miranda rights, they questioned her about the
methamphetamine. During that conversation, Wilson initially
stated that she did not know what was in the case and that
she had gotten the case from a woman who, she said, had told
her to deliver the case to Whiplash Customs. She also stated
that she had marijuana in her purse. Wilson later admitted,
however, that she knew that there was methamphetamine inside
21, 2017, Wilson was indicted for trafficking in a controlled
substance— methamphetamine, see §
13A-12-231, Ala. Code 1975. On March 2, 2018, Wilson entered
a blind guilty plea to that offense. On May 18, 2018, the
court sentenced Wilson to 20 years' imprisonment.
same day, Wilson filed a motion asking the circuit court to
reconsider her sentence. That motion was subsequently denied.
Wilson also filed a motion to alter, amend, or vacate the
sentencing order but that motion was also denied. Thereafter,
Wilson filed a timely notice of appeal.
appeal, Wilson argues, among other things, that the ...