Drug case no billed

Published 12:00 am Thursday, February 9, 2012

The case against one of 35 people arrested in Andalusia in a July drug sting was no billed by a Covington County Grand Jury in December.

Abdul Shakur, who was 39 at the time of his arrest, was charged with two counts of distribution of a controlled substance. Shakur is a Covington County native who legally changed his name from Kenny Parker.+

In December, the grand jury no-billed his case, which means he will not be prosecuted on the charges.

District Attorney Walt Merrell said the state decided not to move forward with the case after an informant who was scheduled to testify perjured himself in a related civil forfeiture case.

“Once a witness perjures himself, your case is suspect at best, so we did not go forward,” the DA said.

Shakur said Wednesday the arrest and publicity surrounding it almost cost him his job, and he wished for his name to be cleared.

“I just want my name cleared,” Shakur said. “I want them to have the embarrassment they deserve. They should have at least let the media know.”