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Acworth Man on Moped Arrested for Felony Drug Charges

Posted by Richard Lawson | Apr 27, 2020 | 0 Comments

Acworth, Ga. - A crazy story out of Unincorporated Acworth in Cherokee County was reported today.

Cherokee County Historic Courthouse

According to authorities, a deputy saw a man on a moped traveling slowly along Kellogg Creek Road. The deputy pulled him over to investigate as it was 2:00 AM. The deputy noticed that the man reportedly “smelled like marijuana.” This led to a more thorough search.

The deputy discovered 50 grams of methamphetamine in several baggies, 1 gram of heroin, less than 1 gram of marijuana along with some drug paraphernalia. 

Whenever I write about stories involving serious drug crimes in Georgia, I emphasize just how seriously the state of Georgia handles cases involving narcotics. The man in the case above is facing multiple felony drug offenses, however, in today's post, as a Georgia Criminal Defense Attorney, I will focus on the law behind trafficking methamphetamine.

Trafficking Methamphetamine in Georgia

Trafficking Methamphetamine in Georgia is defined in the Georgia Code in O.C.G.A. §16-13-31 (e) as:

Any person who knowingly sells, delivers, or brings into this state or has possession of 28 grams or more of methamphetamine, amphetamine, or any mixture containing either methamphetamine or amphetamine, as described in Schedule II, in violation of this article commits the felony offense of trafficking in methamphetamine or amphetamine and, upon conviction thereof, shall be punished as follows:

(1) If the quantity of methamphetamine, amphetamine, or a mixture containing either substance involved is 28 grams or more, but less than 200 grams, the person shall be sentenced to a mandatory minimum term of imprisonment of ten years and shall pay a fine of $200,000.00;

(2) If the quantity of methamphetamine, amphetamine, or a mixture containing either substance involved is 200 grams or more, but less than 400 grams, the person shall be sentenced to a mandatory minimum term of imprisonment of 15 years and shall pay a fine of $300,000.00; and

(3) If the quantity of methamphetamine, amphetamine, or a mixture containing either substance involved is 400 grams or more, the person shall be sentenced to a mandatory minimum term of imprisonment of 25 years and shall pay a fine of $1 million.

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