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Man Arrested in Georgia with Over a Pound of Methamphetamine and Heroin

Posted by Richard Lawson | Nov 19, 2019 | 0 Comments

A man has been arrested in Cobb County last week after police allegedly discovered nearly a pound and a half of drugs and a transaction ledger at his residence.

There was methamphetamine, heroin, and fentanyl discovered in the house along with $12,000 in cash with the ledger. He is facing twelve different drug felonies including unlawful distribution.

As a Georgia Criminal Defense Lawyer, I will outline the law that governs distribution of drugs in Georgia.

Unlawful Distribution of Schedule I or II Narcotics in Georgia

Georgia has extensive drug crime laws. Criminal drug laws are highly technical and are challenging to defend for people who do not work with these statutes on a daily basis. 

O.C.G.A. §16-13-30(d) also makes it illegal to unlawfully distribute Schedule I or II drugs.

A person convicted of O.C.G.A. § 16-13-43 will be guilty of a felony and will face up to eight years in prison, a maximum fine of $55,000, or both. Having a felony conviction on your record can also make it difficult to obtain housing, employment, or receive credit.

However, a person convicted under § 16-13-30(d) will face heavier punishments. They will still be charged with a felony but for a first conviction will face a prison sentence between five and thirty years. A second or subsequent conviction will result in a prison term between ten and forty years or life in prison.

However, all drug possession cases will result in a mandatory suspension of your driver's license. If this is the first offense, then the suspension will last for a minimum of six months. If this is the second offense, the penalty is one-year suspension and a third or subsequent offense results in a minimum two-year suspension.

Practice Note

If you or a loved one has been arrested for a drug crime or any other type of crime in the state of Georgia, call our offices now.

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